Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Working on recall now my dog will not stay
The dog anticipating the next command, and thus breaking the stay in order to jump the gun on the recall is very common. Though it's a short term thing and simply due to the dog anticipating the command that has been worked on the most recently.
I prefer to work on recalls in situations other than where I place the dog in a sit or down stay and then call the dog for this very reason, as recalls will often screw up the stays for a while. When I do a recall from a stay, I *always* make sure to vary not just distance but how many times I stop before I actually give the recall command. I may stop and turn to face the dog, then turn back around and walk further out, 3 or 4 times before I get around to the recall. This way the dog doesn't know when the command will come and doesn't start to assume that it will come as soon as I stop and turn, because usually I stop and turn several times first. So the dog is ready for the command when it does, but is less likely to anticipate and jump the gun the very first time I turn to face him.
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