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Old 12-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've recalled Hunter off rabbit, deer, geese, coyotes, racoons, recently a skunk... lots of different things both out and about and working at the Airport. I trust 100% in his recall, regardless of the distraction. He will come because I said so, and because he wants to. I'm proud of all the work I put in to make his recall excellent.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes, I can expect my dog to come when I tell him to. 100% of the time. He doesn't get treats for coming either.

I trained my recall differently than with treats, and it's pretty well proofed. He listens always, and has been called off of chipmunks, squirrels, and other critters....and boy does he LOVE to critter.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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And also no he doesn't come to me cause he's scared. He comes because I have always taught him and showed him that good fun things come from him coming, whether its play time, or a huge praise party from me.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've recalled Hunter off rabbit, deer, geese, coyotes, racoons, recently a skunk... lots of different things both out and about and working at the Airport. I trust 100% in his recall, regardless of the distraction. He will come because I said so, and because he wants to. I'm proud of all the work I put in to make his recall excellent.


This! Recall is an integral part of our training, even at four years old, and will continue to be.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Lisl's recall is excellent too. She likes to come when called for the same reason Berlin will come to Katie.

I recalled her from two blocks away while she was chasing a smaller dog back to his home. I can recall her from squirrels and cats and she will come then too.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #16 (permalink)
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My dog has a very good recall. This is because we have a very good relationship built on mutual trust and respect. (And 2 & 1/2 years training). My point; it doesn't happen over night.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My dog is definitely not afraid of me. And I do not use treats. I did when initially training the command but I usually only reward new commands that I am training. They are just smart.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Common sense pretty much dictates that a dog who is fearful of their handler is not going to be very inclined to come to them when something interesting is going on.

Proofing recall (and the type of reward you use) I think depends a lot on your dog-- some dogs are the "I just want to please you" type, where a lot of praise and fun is a great reward. Some dogs are the "what's in it for me?" type, and most fall somewhere in between. My dog is very much a "what's in it for me?" type... praise is great, fine, but he also really needs the possibility of a reward that's more interesting than the critter.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:34 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Recall, like all lessons I have taught, were with positive reinforcement in the early stages.

To tweak the response to perfection, I used an ecollar. Note: very few corrections were needed.

I have a dog I can take anywhere off the lead who minds 99.9% of the time.

I didn't want to exaggerate my control thus the 99.9%, but I can't think of the last time he disobeyed

me on anything. If the ecollar is on him, he is at 100% compliance. He is just that smart.

He wears the ecollar less than 1% of the time, just when a refresher course is needed.

Dex wants to obey and please me 1st and foremost because we have a loving bond in place.

At the same time he knows there are consequences for non compliance.

Dex comes each and every time he is called, under conditions in public places off the lead

few other dogs will ever experience. The only exception to this is when another dog goes after him.

I know from the one dog fight he was in I couldn't call him out.
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You shouldn't try to recall them out of a fight anyway. You don't want your dog dropping his guard and getting bit in the ass or worse. If a fight breaks out you gotta go stop it.
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