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    Question Recall Problems

    So I've basically been training Cookie to come to me using the word 'Cookie'.
    I think she gets the gist of it but I have a few problems:

    1. When I randomly call her she would come into my view and then check to see if I'm holding any treats. And if there are none she would continue to stand there or go back to whatever she was doing. How do I successfully fade out the treats?

    2. Everyone in my family (including myself) kind of overuse the word. We all know that we're not supposed to until she learns to recall 100% although sometimes we just forget. Should we use another word, and if so, what? Not 'come' I think we've already soiled that word.

    Thanks, any advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    You can't use her name as you use that word too much already..

    Eliminating 'come' makes it harder.
    Last edited by Belle; 04-11-2010 at 02:29 PM.

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    Hey
    Using her name to call her is going to make recall a dificult thing. You use it too much in every day speach. My advice would be to use a different word, one that you dont use anywhere else, that way you dont over use it

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    Agree with Ash, you can't use JUST her name for recall. Just not gonna work, as you have discovered. If you don't want to use the word 'come' find something else like 'here' or 'FAC' (short for front and centre)

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    There are lots of threads on the recall. But a few of the basics are don't call her unless you know she's going to come, ie has she got her nose stuck in an an interesting bush or playing with other dogs, you have to build up to that.

    Recall training is best done on lead so you can get a dog back.

    Work up to an intermittent schedule of reward. Some times reward, some times not, do quick successions of one with a treat, one without, one with a treat so the dog is always guessing.

    Go from a lure to a reward.

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    yep i would recommend exactly what MAC said
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    maybe when it comes to choosing a word pick the word come or now in a different language? doesn't matter if your speaking english, french or greek I think its all about the tone when your talking to the dog, iykwim.

    that way you won't be able to overuse it in everyday situations.

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    The word I use is "C'mon" like the way Leyton Hewitt says and I run away - I am the treat/lure/prey. And I use "come" for every day recall. Some people use "here, now" or "free beer". Has to be something you would remember in a panic.

    And you're going to have to work up to getting the emergency recall working. Initially you have the best treat your dog likes for mine at the moment, lamb roast is pretty good, but pork crackling trumps it. And so do beef chips although they take a while to chew so not so convenient.

    So you end up with one word for her name/attention, one for emergency recall ie come away from that nasty dog/busy road right NOW, and one for every day recall.

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    One last thing, super important with my dog. Do not call the dog and then put it straight on the lead. Or scold it for not coming immediately. Both things will make your dog avoid coming to you when you come ie make the problem worse.

    If you want to go home, tell your dog to sit and stay and walk up to it with treats and the lead, or just walk up to it and put the lead on. Ideally you wait till it is doing something slightly naughty or playing with another dog (which mine loves no matter what I do), and put the lead on.

    And if you can practice putting on the lead and then releasing the dog, it won't be quite so sure when you're going home.

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    Thanks I think I might go with the 'cmon'
    And I'm also teaching her an emergency recall where I use a whistle

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Recall training is best done on lead so you can get a dog back.
    I've been having similar problems with Peggy, mostly because she has the attention span of a fish. I've been putting her on a lunge while out and it seems to be working. Is this what you mean?

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