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Ways to Improve the Recall Abilities of your Dog

A little girl with a dog in a field

January 30, 2020

Having a strong recall for your dog is one of the most invaluable things you can teach your best friend. Without a strong recall, your pet could get you and themselves into trouble. Here are some tips for improving your dog’s recall. The most important tip is to choose one recall word or phrase and stick with it.

Don’t add other language because it can confuse your dog. Also, you need to give your dog a good reason to “come here” because if it is only used for negative behavior they will be less likely to come to you. Take small steps when working with dog recall, literally. Do short distances at first, praising them for listening every time and ignoring them when they don’t. Eventually, do longer distances.

Be consistent in command and in the way you act when they come. Always be very happy and reward them with pets and affection. Don’t forget to reward your pet with treats sometimes. Also, make sure to give them praise when they are getting closer, this will reinforce their behavior at the moment and ensure they come all the way to your heels. Changing the reward can also be great for your dog because they will be excited and intrigued every time. Remember that your dog is never too old or too young to learn recall.

Another important tip to remember is not to repeat yourself. Once, maybe twice is enough, after that the dog is just training you. Using the services of a professional dog trainer can help you instill a strong recall for your dog that will allow you both to have enjoyable, rewarding experiences where you don’t need to worry about the whereabouts or safety of your dog.