Top Tips for a successful recall

Monday, June 7, 2021

A good recall is probably the most important command you can teach your dog and it's never too late to improve. We've been speaking to Liz Marden (Animal Behaviourist) and here are her 5 top tips.

1.When teaching your dog a good recall don’t just use their name - they hear it all the time and it doesn't tell them what you want!
2. Teach your dog that a whistle means “come here I have cheese!” (Other yummies available) - dogs don't automatically know what a whistle means!
3. Best recall conditioning is 3 part - blow whistle, say “Toni (dogs name) here!” Crouch to be more exciting and hold out a treat for them to see. Treat AS SOON as they get to you before asking anything else.
4. Until you have a reliable recall keep your dog on a long line to practise safely.
5. Get into the practise of recalling your dog away from other people & dogs before they reach them to help teach them that we don’t run up to strangers. You can then approach on lead and ask if its ok to meet - if you wish - and if it is they can be let off lead again

Liz Marden BSc
Animal Behaviourist
Sekhem Reiki Practitioner
Tel: 07738 268400
(Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm)

C.C.B (Certified Canine Behaviourist) INTODogs
C.C.T (Certified Canine Trainer) INTODogs
C.A.B (Certified Animal Behaviourist) ICAN
C.A.T (Certified Animal Trainer) ICAN
UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter


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