Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Vader, Washington
So being that this is the most important thing for him to know, I can say even with all our other problems, Jake does have good recall. He ALWAYS gets a treat when he comes, and then released. I never call him to follow with anything negative. I can redirect him with play or whatever and then do something not so fun. As long as he doesn't associate it with the come command. If your pup will work for treats, use treats. I never did teach Jake with a lead. Just started out close, and kept expanding the distance between us. With a treat. Use a word your not gonna use everyday. I use "cum on" everyday, but for recall its "Jake KOMM" low and firm. Started from a sit, very close so he can see the treat. Recall, treat. Expand distance, Recall treat. While your getting more distance (you may want a lead) name & recall, if he looks your way or begins to walk your way, praise. Slight tug and recall(if he isn't coming right away). Eventually he'll get the idea. But true, never call him if you don't think he'll respond and you can't enforce it. And NEVER call him for anything that is followed by negative action. I call Jake during the day from the yard or other part of the house just to keep him sharp with his recall. Others may have better ways, training techniques. This way worked for us. Good luck.