Claire Hargrave - BSc(Hons), MSc, PGCE, C Sci, C Chem, MRSC, DAS(CABC), CCAB

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Top tips for recall training

Claire Hargrave - BSc(Hons), MSc, PGCE, C Sci, C Chem, MRSC, DAS(CABC), CCAB
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Dogs of all ages have a tendency to think being off the lead means a completely free rein so it’s crucial that your puppy learns to come back when called. This vital skill will help avoid accidents such as your puppy running into the road or other dangerous places.

You need to make sure responding to your recall command is more rewarding to your puppy than any other distractions. Other distractions can include chasing squirrels and meeting other dogs, so the bar is set high. You will need to use rewards, treats and positive reinforcement to train your puppy that recall when called is always the best choice.

1 – Keep it simple

Call your puppy’s name and offer a small treat when he or she comes. Don’t wait until your pup is sitting down or you will be rewarding the sitting.

2 – Repeat the exercise

Taking a few steps back each time, until you are quite a distance away. Remember to keep the treats coming and reward on arrival.

3 – Get a friend or family member involved

Stand 10 meters apart and take it in turns to call your puppy to you, each time offering a small reward. The more exciting and distracting the environment, the more you might need to increase the reward.

As with all training keep it fun, persistence and consistency will be the key. Keep practicing this on every walk even after you think your puppy may have mastered it.

Claire Hargrave - BSc(Hons), MSc, PGCE, C Sci, C Chem, MRSC, DAS(CABC), CCAB

Claire Hargrave is the only Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) working in Wales. She is also a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. As the animal behaviour profession is as yet unregulated, and to ensure that a behaviourist has an adequate level of practical and theoretical experience, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dogs Trust and the R.S.P.C.A. advise veterinary surgeons and members of the public to ensure that they only seek advice from behaviourists accredited by ASAB or who hold APBC membership.

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