I would not excuse blown recalls for phases. If he blew off the recall, I'd simply go back and proof his recall. Work on it more. I need to do the same with my young dog. Even if there are such thing as these phases, it doesn't mean my dog is excused from my recalls.
I completely agree and this is why I am stepping up OB during this phase. Fortunately, Linus' recall is still solid. But I still train it every day to make sure it stays solid. Recall is lifesaver and it MUST be solid--no excuses.
One other thing: if he blows you off for a recall put a long line on him so you can enforce the command. Seems like you don't have a fence so you may wish to consider a long line every time you let him out.
Linus van Pelt Haus Juris CGC. My Sweet Babboo, born March 17, 2014.
Madeline Ronan Heart (Maddie) Dec 1997 -- November 22, 2013 Rescue GSD, Sable
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