We are always asked about our practices related to strengthening a dog’s ability to come to us no matter the environment they are in, indoors or outdoors.
On our Enrichment For Dog Parents Facebook page, one our members asked us about how to strengthen her dog’s recall, especially outdoors and when off leash.
She posted a short video of her working with her dog at home, demonstrating her dog’s recall. She called her dog, and then asked her to sit, and further delayed the reinforcer momentarily, before offering it to her.
Then, she practiced a number of other behaviors, such as “sit” and going to bed… all of which her dog did.
But the question still remains, “How do I get my dog to come reliably when I call her?”
When working with a recall, we have found it incredibly helpful to reinforce recalls without asking the dog of anything in addition. This allows us to stay enthusiastic about them coming to us, and to reinforce heaving for the simple (but not really all that simple) act of coming to us.
Watch today’s video to learn more about improving your dog’s recalls.
After watching, share in the Comments below, and let me know how your training is going.
Teena Patel is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavioral Counselor who works with pet owners and owners of doggy daycares to bring her philosophy of Enrichment to the canine population. After almost two decades of successful dog training under her belt, Teena has done away with the standard doggy daycare “warehousing” of animals in kennels and runs. In place of an industrial model, she focuses on what is right for the dogs as living beings, providing experiences that improve and enhance their behavioral health. Coupled with a program of careful training, the Doglando experience results in companion dogs who are better-behaved, better integrated into their families, and above all, much happier. True to her passion, Teena Patel gives dogs the freedom “to be dogs”.