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    i have a one year old staffy cross ridgeback, which i am having recall problems with.
    he will come when called if he is in the house and some times when in the backyard, but as soon as his out in the park and off the leash he is not intrested in me at all. He will not come when called and i struggle to get him to even acknowledge me when calling his name, he is to preoccupied chasing dogs and following smells, even his favorite treats that he goes crazy for a home will not intrest him when he is out and about.
    so i need some advice because if he is not intrested in treats when off the leash at parks how can i train him to come when called?

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    Why are you even letting him off leash without reliable recall?

    How do you get him to come back? Don't be one of those people that calls the dog a thousand times- it just becomes white noise to him. Have you tried using squeaky toys to get his attention?

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    Hi Bluey,

    Please do not let your dog off the leash in any public place (including off-leash dog parks) until such stage that you have a very reliable recall happening all the time.

    You need to totally go back to basics, start teaching your dog correct recall with long rope and treats in back yard.
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    Sorry mate, but .... part Ridgeback .... good luck with your training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    You need to totally go back to basics, start teaching your dog correct recall with long rope and treats in back yard.
    How does this work? I've got a dog who has perfect recall at home but less than perfect in open spaces, so I'd be interested knowing what the basics are. Would love to get to the point where I can let him off leash in parks etc and know he'll come back when called.

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    Sorry, your OP stated he comes sometimes when in the back yard, so to me that is not good enough IYKWIM. He has to come all the time, every time.

    Mate, I'd still go back to basics in the back yard. If he comes every time in the house, that's great, but it' out in the open spaces where it has to work.

    Once you've mastered crrect recall in the back yard after a period of daily training, then try moving his recall training to a local park, where there are distractions, ppl etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluey View Post
    i have a one year old staffy cross ridgeback, which i am having recall problems with.
    he will come when called if he is in the house and some times when in the backyard, but as soon as his out in the park and off the leash he is not intrested in me at all. He will not come when called and i struggle to get him to even acknowledge me when calling his name, he is to preoccupied chasing dogs and following smells, even his favorite treats that he goes crazy for a home will not intrest him when he is out and about.
    so i need some advice because if he is not intrested in treats when off the leash at parks how can i train him to come when called?
    Not me DA....I'm just hijacking

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    Seems like you need this DVD.

    Really Reliable Recall by Lesley Nelson, Dogwise.com

    You need to "condition" a recall response.

    You start with conditioning the dog to respond to it's name. And the treats you use for this must only be used for the recall training. Roast beef or Roast Chicken or bits of fish etc.

    So about three times a day, when your dog is close by but not paying attention to you, you say his name really brightly "Bluey", and if he looks up and pricks his ears, give him a treat. Then wait until he's distracted again, you might need to go do something else. And repeat.

    When you get a perfect response to his name, 100 times in a row - so that's over 30 days or so ie a month, then start with the recall. But you need a word you only use for this recall eg "Bluey, BEER". If you've been using "Come" you can keep using it for every day recall, and reward every time he comes or checks in but not with the same kind of treat, use a bit of kibble or bread or cheese or something else he likes but not quite as much. Ie the Jackpot treat is only for the "emergency recall" word. I actually use "C'mon" said much like Leyton does when he is revving himself up. It carries a long way.

    So now you start doing three times a day "Bluey, BEER" (sounds a bit like "here") and treat with the jackpot treat. Use it only when he's already likely to come, not when he's chasing something else or very distracted.

    And don't use it out in the park or back yard until you get another 100 correct responses. And then the more you practice it, but don't use it in an everyday context the better it will work in an emergency.

    Get the DVD, she explains it better than I can, but it's totally worth it.

    And you can use similar techniques to improve the every day recall.

    And what DA said - don't let him off lead in the park until he comes back when you want, unless you want to lose him to a car or a ranger or a dog bait or dog fight etc.

    I also teach "leave it" and "this way" which help Frosty leave frightened kiddies and their parents alone but she doesn't actually have to come all the way back to me, she will get a really yummy treat if she does though.

    "leave it" is a very handy command to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meegsndogs View Post
    Not me DA....I'm just hijacking
    PMSL@myself.

    So are you, no doubt.

    Sorry, Meegs, I'm very tired today.
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    Hmm ... Hy has got me asking myself "Is it Chardy time yet ?". Talk about a "conditioned response"

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