Puppy and Dog Recall training
Puppy and dog recall training is an essential part of your relationship with your new pet along with leash training. It is the foundation of teaching your puppy or new dog to listen and to trust you in all situations. Also, it is something that can be used for safety measures as well.
Imagine how important it is if your dog accidentally runs too close to the road, and you can put the puppy and dog recall training instantly into action. Whatever your reasoning is, recall training your dog is one of the best ways to ensure a long, happy, healthy, life of the new family member. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic number of times you’ll need to re-enforce the recall training to get your puppy fully compliant and come when called. But the good news is – you can do it.
Start your Puppy or Dog recall training early.
Why is it so important to start recall training early? It is possible to change your pet’s behaviour at a young age. All types of training tend to be easier for puppies or younger newly adopted dogs. The theory is that the younger the dog the less bad habits he’s managed to pick up. Of course, this is not to say that you cannot train older dogs. Teaching an old dog new tricks is certainly possible! It just might take a little longer. Alongside recall training, you’ll also find it’s vital to you can grab your dog or puppy’s attention, find out how you can achieve that here
Puppy and dog recall training: Step one
The first step in your recall training is to pick your command word. Your command word can be anything that you want to use to instruct your dog to come to you. Most people use simpler words such as “come” or “here”. I personally find the word “here” gets the best results, but you can use anything that suits.
Use a command word
It’s important to use a command word instead of your dog’s name, although the use of a recall whistle is also a good choice If you use your dog’s name, they will understand that you’re trying to get their attention, but they won’t understand what they actually need to do. Including a hand-gesture is important when using your chosen command word. For example, you can use a waving motion when you say “come”. One tip is to avoid using your command word repeatedly. If you do, your puppy may become increasingly confused. You should say your command word once and then continue with the gesture until your puppy picks up on the command. When he does respond make sure he is well rewarded with whatever type of reward you’ve chosen. Rewards can include tasty nibbles, a ball, pull toy or just vocal praise and an ear stroke.
Recall training your puppy: Step two
Now that you’ve thought of a command word it’s time to think about what Dog training aids you may need to help in your recall training. As mention earlier, a whistle helps keep your arms free giving you extra hand gestures to use as visual commands. A long training lead is also a useful piece of kit, as the dog feels some freedom but you stay in full control.
Puppy and dog recall training: Step three
The next step in the recall training of your dog is going to be repetition. You need to repeat using actions, your command word, and positive reinforcement item to get your dog used to be rewarded for following your directions. There is really no way to say how long this will take. It depends on each unique puppy or dog.
Puppy and dog recall training: Step Four
Step three in your recall training is to slowly remove the positive reinforcement reward item. You will need to give your puppy positive reinforcement, but you now to change the reward item with vocal praise. If you spend enough time on the previous step, your dog should be able to complete your command whenever you decide to use it. There is nothing wrong with using a reward item for as long as is necessary. You should make sure your puppy remembers this command for the rest of their lives, so you mustn’t rush this stage.
Where to start the training
When you start your puppy or dog recall training it’s important to begin in controlled environments. This can be in your home or somewhere your pet feels comfortable. As your dog gets comfortable in this setting, you can move to a less controlled environment. For example, take your dog outside but still have them on a leash. This may be a small step but is still a step forward in the recall training. Finally, after practising this and you’re confident your dog is able to master the recall, try letting your dog off-leash and continue with original recall training.
Coping with recall training setbacks
Setbacks are part of the course when recall training your puppy or dog and it’s normal if things don’t work perfectly at first. Remember both you and your new puppy are still learning about each other. Training your puppy or dog to trust you will not happen overnight, it takes time and patience. You’ll need a little flexibility and be willing to adjust your methods.
Running into training problems
If you do run into problems, step back and start adjusting one of the elements that aren’t working within the training program. For example, you can change the positive reinforcement reward you are giving your dog. By doing this, you may be able to provide your puppy with more incentive to follow your commands. The great thing about discovering what works for your pet is that once you find it you can use it for other commands.
Calling in a dog training professional
If for some reason, the puppy and dog recall training is not working, you should consider working with a professional dog trainer. It’s best practice to go to dog training sessions with the trainer and your puppy. That way you can pick up plenty of hint and tips and your puppy will get used to you being the one that is saying the commands.
Puppy and dog recall training your new pet can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Through the process of training, you and your puppy can develop a bonding experience that will last a lifetime. As mentioned earlier, most puppies and dogs want to please you and will do everything in their power to do so. To do this they will need a little direction from their “pack-leader” and all the dos and don’ts of life. It is vital for you to stay in control and are patient with your dog and yourself. Training a puppy or dog isn’t always easy, by any means, but it is very rewarding when you have a calm happy dog.