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Recall and Emergency down.

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Gus has the attention span of a gnat. He is distracted by EVERYTHING. I want to establish 100% perfect recall and an emergency down one day. He knows what come and down means but he won't follow through all of the time. How can I start improving this. I'd like some training tips for these things from beginning to end.

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Use a toy/tug, ramp him up~ give the command~mark and reward him with it after he downs or recalls to you, make it automatic in his head when he hears the commands. Repetition will instill it.

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I think you have to teach him to focus first. Everything is done in steps and for any command the dog should be focused, so start there. We used to do auto check in exercises, follow me exercises, and watch me.

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^^^^ Both right of course.

As an amateur, here's what I did...

Focus is important, but let's assume you want to jump right into an exercise for now.

I would do everything on lead. I started with a basic sit / stay, a few steps back, then "come" command, and reel in. I kept adding distance over a very long period of time. (of course, treat and praise)

Then I reversed it....

Heel position on lead
Throw a high value toy in front of her
Recall her after getting.
I would also stop and recall. (recall while she was on way to get toy) I would also keep gradually adding distance.

Here's a video clip from 2 weeks ago. I started this very routine on a 15 feet lead, then 30, and up to 100 feet, until I felt that she got it. I do this exercise every day, in one shape or form. Whether in my home, or out while she's playing. She's always on alert for my recall.


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I wonder... would using another word for 'down' and 'come' in an emergency situation work 'better'? This is one thing I never taught before, and I also want to do this with Grim.

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I would just teach it in whatever command is more familiar to the dog. When I say platz, Karlo platzes...he doesn't need to know whether or not it is an emergency. When I call his name, he should come running. When I say heir, that means come to front position. So I tend to only use that when we do more formal training.

And of course teaching this on a long line is important, because obviously if you are teaching it, the dog hasn't been proofed and hasn't earned the right to be off leash.

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OK, thanks, Jane!

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I think you have to teach him to focus first. Everything is done in steps and for any command the dog should be focused, so start there. We used to do auto check in exercises, follow me exercises, and watch me.
I've worked an lot with focus and NILIF. I started focus by holding treats In each hand and rewarding when Gus focused on me and not the food. Now we have progressed to when I feed him. I make him sit and lay his bowl down and focus on me before he can get it. I've been able to walk all the way across my house (within where he can see me still) before I let him have it.


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When you train with him, do you try to build enthusiasm(interaction with you?) That really helps to engage. And once they are in a higher state of drive, the positions tend to come faster. One reason I prefer to use a tug or ball on string over food. Food is great for the beginning stages of training something, but after that, the toy brings more effort.

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Anthony, how long you have been working on recall, and after how long you felt you have solid one?
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