Online Dog Training Lessons
More Recall Games
Here are some other fun recall games to
use after the first recall game is learned
Always remember, no matter what recall you are
doing, when the dog gets to you, C/T and lots of praise. Even if you have to bring him to you. Once the dog is
coming to you reliably, every time you call him, you can begin to fade the clicker. With the recall, you never want to
fade the treats or the praise. If you are going to compete with your dog in obedience, donít worry about the treats.
You only do one recall in the obedience ring and the one time you "FORGET" the treats, your dog will forgive you.
The minute you walk out of the ring you can give him a BIG treat and heĎll be as happy as he can be.
Begin walking forward and after a few steps run
backwards about six steps while calling the dog to you. DO NOT turn around and run away from the dog. You want
to back up so that when the dog turns to look at you when you call him, he realizes that you are backing up and he
will run to catch up to you, not just catch you. If he doesnít come right to you, reel him in like you had a fish on the
end of the leash. Bring him right to you, between your knees. Heap on the praise.
This is another game for two people. First person
holds dog while second person walks a good distance from the dog, turns and calls the dog to them. First
person then releases dog who should race to the second person. You can switch rolls if you want the dog to learn to
come to both of you. Remember to both use the same recall command. This recall is a great way to teach your
dog to come FAST. Be sure to do this in an enclosed yard and only if the dog comes to you regularly. If the yard
isnít enclosed you can use a long line (30 foot) to attach to the dog. With a long line, the person calling the dog should
take the handle of the line and walk to the end of it and turn to face the dog and call him to you. Again, keep this
exercise fun and upbeat.
Run Away Recall
Here's another game for two people. Have a helper
hold the dog while you go out about six feet. Turn and face the dog. As you call him in a very excited way, turn and run
away a little bit so the dog has to chase you to catch you. Turn to catch the dog as he reaches you, you donít
want the dog to run past you, but to you. You want to stop running and turn to catch the dog as he gets close to you.
Catch him happily when he gets to you. Itís ok to do a little wrestling with him at this point if it makes him happy to come
to you. Just donít let it get too out-of-hand. This is another good exercise to teach a speedy recall. Again, donít do this one
if the dog is not coming to you regularly.
Toy Chase Recall
When your dog is a distance from you call him and
just as he reaches you, toss a toy behind you so he will run past you to get the toy. (for fast recalls) With a small dog you
can toss the toy between your legs. Encourages straight "to you" recalls. This is just another way to make the
recalls lots of fun and encourage reliable recalls. Again, donít do this one until the dog comes to you regularly.
Long Line Recall
Use long line to increase distance for longer recalls
with control. This is a good method to use if you are teaching more formal, controlled recalls with sits in front. Put
your dog on a sit/stay. Attach a light weight long line to his collar, along with his regular walking leash, AND do not touch
the long line again. The dog will now have two leashes on his collar. Begin walking with the dog in heel position
while only holding his regular leash. Let the long line play out behind him until you have walked far enough so that
the line is straight out behind the dog. Come to a halt with the dog sitting next to you. Make an in-place about
turn/halt. The long line should now be stretched out in front of you. DO NOT TOUCH THE LONG LINE.
Unsnap his regular leash and let the dog see you drop it on the ground next to where you are standing.
DONíT TOUCH THE LONG LINE. Give the dog a stay command and walk away from him to the end of
where the long line is lying on the ground. If you are afraid the dog will bolt, stand on the long line but donĎt
touch it with your hands. Call the dog to you. When he gets to you, have him sit in front. If he doesnít come to
you, quickly walk down the long line and take his collar on each side of his face and run backwards a number of steps,
calling him to you. Keep it HAPPY, donít be angry or upset. When you stop with him sitting in front of you, give
him lots of praise for coming. I know, you did all the work, but you still need to praise him.
In the event the dog should try to bolt or not come to you when you call, and you are standing on the end of the long line,
do not pick up the long line
and bring the dog to you. Instead, walk quickly down the long line and grab the dogs collar. DO NOT GRAB THE
LONG LINE. Let the dog think that you can get a hold of him, no matter where he is. He will have forgotten
about the long line, unless you remind him that he is wearing it.
The long line is also an excellent way to begin teaching obedience off lead. If the line is light enough and the snap
is small enough, it will be easy for the dog to forget heís got a long line on, and all you have to do is step on the line
to keep him from getting too far away from you. Just remember, GRAB THE DOG, NOT THE LONG LINE.
OK, now that you've got your dog
coming to you in a reliable way, you are ready to move onto the
STAY Command. If you still
want to move back and forth through the recall pages just use the page numbers below.