Is your dog polite out in public? Do they ignore other dogs and people who maybe aren't interested in interacting? If you took them to a school yard, would they chase the kids or be a model canine citizen?

 

Today we present the final post in our series on recall training. If you missed the first 2 posts, we encourage you to go back and read them.

 

Have you ever lost an item while out on a walk? When I'm fumbling with leashes, poop bags and gloves, I often drop something. The first time I lost a glove, I decided right then to teach my dog to find items for me on cue. It quickly became one of his favourite games and I've taught every dog since to play it.

 

When the weather outside is frightful, what do you do when you have a dog, or dogs in the house? How do you keep them from going stir crazy? While you will still need to give them access to the outdoors to do their business, they may not be able to withstand the cold long enough to drain their excess energies.

 

The perfect recall can be broken down into 3 sections. Every good recall has a beginning, a middle and an ending. Each component will present its own unique challenges and should be taught individually first. We talked about the ending of the recall in a recent blog post:

 

If you found a magic lamp, what would you wish for? Wealth? Love? A well-behaved dog?

As the old saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I heard, "I wish my dog would listen like yours,"

 

I recently stumbled upon a great video of a woman helping her young, large-breed dog acclimate to vet visits. She had clearly spent a good amount of training time teaching the dog to be calm and accepting of handling.

 

In the more than 35 years that we've been training dogs professionally, we've seen all breeds, shapes and sizes learn how to come when they are called. Getting a good response to the come command isn't the difficult part when it's taught in a positive fashion.

 

Okay, seems like a pretty simple skill, right? Usually the first one we teach our dogs when they come home as puppies, so this may seem like a silly question, but I'm going to ask it anyway: can your dog sit?

 

Is your dog a puller? Do they dig right in and drag you down the street? Maybe they just pull lightly, but it's enough to make your walks unpleasant. There are many ways to fix this, but like with all things in dog training, it will take patience and consistency on the part of the handler.