Dr Pooches Guide To Puppy Re-call

Re-Call is an easy lesson for a dog to learn if you are consistent with the rules. As with most training, it uses praise and consequence, not through shouting, scolding or contact. Re- call is a vital part of your relationship with your dog, as it can build a unique bond of trust between owner and canine. If you always follow the rules below, then you will have a well trained dog that comes who comes when you call.

1) Recall training starts from the moment your puppy enters your home. Choose a name and stick to it. When your puppy arrives use the name followed by affection.

2) Within the first few weeks a puppy is not allowed to leave the house, so this is the ideal opportunity to start re-call training. Whenever you call your puppy and they come to you, praise them with a ?good girl, good boy? clap and give them a treat.

3) Go to a different room and call your puppy from there. If you have access to a private garden tries this outside. At this point there is no consequence for your puppy not coming to you as they are too young to understand.

4) When you finally leave to the park for your walk, make sure you have your dog?s favourite
treats.

5) When you reach then park, make your dog sit and give them a treat and let them off the
lead. Do not worry, as your dog is a puppy, you can move faster than they can, so you will not loose your dog. If you are very worried try the next steps in an enclosed area before venturing out.

6) The most important point is to not over-call your puppy. You must give them freedom in the park. If you do not obsess about your puppy being at your side, they will learn to follow you and you should not need to use their name at all.

7) A dog gets three chances to come to you and the only command is the dog?s name. For this
example we shall use rover:
? ?Rover? 1st call in a very friendly high warm voice
? ?Rover? 2nd call in a slightly more stern less warm voice
? ?Rover?3rd call in a low stern tone

If your puppy comes to you on the first call make a huge fuss of him/her. Use ?good girl, good boy? and give them a treat. If your puppy comes on the second call, still make a huge fuss, but do not give your puppy the treat. If your puppy did not come on the first call, leave it 5 seconds and then try the next call. If this does not work, leave it another 5 seconds before using the third and final call.

If this doesn?t work go and retrieve the dog from where they are, sit down on their level look at them and say bad boy/girl. You must mean this though, do not shout but use a low authoritative voice. At this point do NOT put them on the lead, but take them by the collar out of the situation and continue your walk. Do not hold this grudge, you have carried out the steps and now your puppy is back to the beginning and the steps start again.

8) Always watch your dog, but do not let your dog know you are doing this. Never follow your dog or let him/her lead the walk. Also if you are going to get your dog to tell him no, do not treat this as a game. Do not run around after your dog. Merely go in calmly and quickly. If your dog does run off I suggest you go the opposite way slowly keeping a subtle eye on him/her and they will come running.

9) The golden rule is if you do loose your dog and they come back NEVER tell them off. Never
shout at a dog that has come back, as they may never do it again!

Tracey is a dog trainer and Knightsbridge dog walker and offers a very caring dog walking Notting Hill service to clients wanting their pets cared for.

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