How are you all going on your Obstacles Challenges. Having some fun I hope. I spent today catching up on chores (long overdue) and since my garden helper is also on lockdown I mowed the grass and pulled a LOT of weeds with help from Bo. So, nothing much got done on the Challenges, but I thought you might need a break as well.
What I did do while busy in the garden is practise some recalls. Recalls should always be like a game for the dogs otherwise they will stop coming to you with enthusiasm. So a couple of tips…
- ALWAYS reward your dog for coming when you call… even if it was not instantaneous and even if you are frustrated and angry.
- NEVER associate your recall with punishment – remember that your dog might have a different opinion about punishment than you have.
- If your dog won’t come when you call don’t chase him – rather run away. Few dogs can resist a chase game.
- Make coming to you the best thing in the world. It is too important a skill to neglect and it might one day save your dog’s life.
- Until your recall is 100% reliable use a long line on walks. When you are sure your dog will come when called, then you can happily let him run free.
- If your dog won’t take treats (sometimes if he is too excited, then he will not be interested in eating) then reward him by giving him access to something he enjoys – send him back to sniff some more, or play with his doggy friends, or perhaps he loves fetching a ball.
These videos illustrate some of the pointers in getting your dog to come when called, no matter what.