Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: For those of you with reliable recall
I am lucky, maybe the luckiest person here. Kenya's recall has always been rock solid, and I've never really had to proof it. First of all, I got her at age 3.5 so she was mature and trained to the level of intermediate obedience (sit, down, long stays, great crate manners, totally reliable off leash, agility training). From day one we just had this bond and I *knew* she was reliable and didn't need a lead. Since I got her were only use a lead when required (at dog shows and on public walks). I think the main reason her recall is so good is that usually she never wanders far from me in the first place and is always circling back to check in. I just say her name and she stops what she's doing and comes back. If she's chasing something, I say her name like I mean it, and she comes back.
Coke is the total opposite. He has a great recall when he's already on a tether, when he's comfortable in his own yard, when we have treats....but the times he escapes, it is hopeless. He is so fast and the more we call the farther he runs. Last time we gave up because he was running farther and farther towards the busy street. We went home and waited for him to come sniff on the porch and then tackled him. We have tried long lines, games, toys, treats, going to different fields and parks.... I am putting him through another round of obedience and for the recall I'm probably going to use an e-collar. For us it has become a safety issue, considering where we live and how fast he is. He bolts out the door and runs over a mile before he even stops to look back. I think part of it is his breed. Unlike Kenya who is totally velcro, he acts a lot like a livestock guardian dog. He doesn't mind being outside all day without the other dogs, he always checks and paces along the edges of the property or fence. He loves people but is not super attached to any one person. He marches to the beat of his own drum.