Chip Tips: Recall
Our third topic in our “Chip Tips” puppy training series is Recall!
This is such an important command (arguably the most important command) for every dog to understand as it can potentially save their life. We all know someone who has to squeeze themselves out of the front door so their dog doesn’t run out, for fear he will run into traffic and get injured, or run away. We all have been in the situation where we are walking with our dog only to come across a dog barreling off leash towards you with their frantic owner trailing behind, screaming his name! The list of potential dangers a dog can get into that doesn’t have excellent recall, is lengthy. It can be very stressful for everyone involved.
It’s an exciting world out there with lots of sights and smells, so recall can be a tough command to get your dog to master every single time. Start practicing calling your dog to you in a quieter location, without lots of distractions. Over time, as you and your dog become more confident, you can experiment with different locations. Remember, you need to be more exciting than the world out there! Use your voice tone, body language, and a reward such as praise or treats to really go over the top when your dog comes! You want your dog to believe that coming back to you is the best thing ever. Your dog is not going to want to come back to you if you are angry or frustrated!
Keep the training session short, consistent, and positive. Repeat often! A long leash (at least 10 feet), found at most Dollar stores, will come in handy to use in different locations to practice distance. Every dog is different and it may take some time to master this command, so be patient. If you find yourself becoming frustrated take a break, and revisit it later.
Work on building the framework for an excellent recall now – you will thank yourself later!
While recall can be taught at any age, it is generally easier to teach puppies. Look at how in the video the puppies naturally want to follow the human and their littermates. Here at Puppy Boot Camp we start teaching puppies early on! I’m so proud of how these puppies are already listening at just 6 weeks old!