Puppy Training Tips: RECALL 

 by Lucinda Glenny CPDT-KA of Canine Campus

Renowned trainer Lucinda Glenny CPDT-KA, owner of  Canine Campus , shared her Puppy Training Tips for the Recall Cue. The Recall Command should be one of the first that you teach your puppy. It allows you to be confident that your dog will come to you every time you call.

Lucinda

Glenny was featured in our Spotlight on our top Canadian trainers and specializes in working with dogs with anxiety issues. She has gained an excellent reputation for her gentle, consistent research-based approach to training.

Canine Campus Chihuaha

Benefits of a Strong Recall

Safety

Freedom – to go off leash

Confidence and Trust– that your dog will always come when called, this helps get your dog’s attention to avoid dangerous or stressful situations. If you can’t control your dog, you are always on alert and anxious, and that is not a pleasant way to live, for either you or your dog.

Focus –  great for agility courses and other high intensity and high traffic situations.

Recall training is as important to teach a new puppy as it is an older dog. So get started today! Watch the video:

Standing Recall

Practice in an enclosed, safe space.

Have your Puppy Sit and Wait.

Walk a few feet away.

Face your Puppy and call them to you (by name or come).

As they get very close drop a treat between your feet so they come all the way to you and reward them with a marker word like yes and positive reinforcement.

Have your Puppy Sit and Wait. Walk a few feet away. Face your Puppy and call them to you. as they get close drop a treat between your feet so they come all the way to you and reward them with a marker word like yes and positive reinforcement.

Chase Recall

Have your Puppy Sit and Wait

Move away a few paces then call your Puppy to you as you keep moving. Let them chase and catch you. Give them a tug toy and engage with them. Reward them with the toy and treat.

You can use both treats and toys as rewards, whatever works bets for your dog.

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6 Comments

  • I’d also suggest training with a long line at first, especially when training in an unfenced area.

  • Great tips – keeping it fun and rewarding seems to be the key in getting a reliable recall. The chase game worked perfectly for Laika.

  • Recall is probably the single most important thing for a dog to learn. Boca is great but Ruby has a strong prey drive and a long way to go.