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    Default Recall Practice

    I've been having recall issues with Pedro since I got him (over a year now) and haven't been making much progress.

    I try to practice in the back yard but I'm at work all day through the week, with the result that when I'm at home he follows me around like a bad smell anyway!

    The only safe possibility I can think of is practising with a long lead or rope in the park but it's pitch black by the time I get home so not an option.

    So the options I can think of are:

    Somehow find a way to practice in the yard

    Wait til the days are longer again before practising recall - not sure if weekend training will really stick in his memory

    or...... .....become a morning person and practice in the park before work (this option makes the most sense but is probably the least likely to happen)

    Any suggestions appreciated!

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    Meegs, your options for training and teaching Pedro correct recall outside are obviously very limited - so, why can't you do it inside?

    You have a hallway? A wide open room that you can practice in?
    Look, being out in the yard or at a park later to practice recall with distractions is fantastic and def the way to go, but I ALSO think constantly practising recall in little spurts throughout the hosue can also acheive a hell of a lot.

    No long lead is needed inside the house. Just a plain walking lesh and some treats (if you train with treats, that is.) Recall can be started from scratch with Pedro again, starting at only a few paces away, branching out to the end of a leash, especially if you have a long 180cm leash. You can rpcatice by putting him into stay, or drop, and letting the leash go on the floor and backing down the hallway further a few steps etc...

    All the frequent little recall things you can do inside at night after work with him all add up and will work wonders, Meegs. Especially when daylight savings hits us again and then you'll be more than ready to practice in parks and such with lots of distractions.
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    Didn't occur to me at all!

    He gets the odd treat inside the house and I generally make him sit or drop for it but can think of no reason why we couldn't practice stay and come as well. We have a hallway that would be perfect!

    I'm such a dummy.

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    I personally find hallways brilliant for training Meegs, especially on a yukky rainy day!

    Hallways are great because they cut out a lot of distractions ( I mean seriously, who has a hallway full of interesting things?) and give you SOOOOOO much control with recall.

    Lounge room mat is another great place to practice long-stay. Particularly if there are others in the house who can slowly walk around the mat 360 degrees for temptation.

    Light the fire, get all cosy, and then Pedro won't know what hit him! Lol.
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    Training in comfort! Love it

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    I like the hallway idea (never thought of that either).... I have a long one !!
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    I make Frosty practice recall among other things - to get her dinner.

    She has to "come" right past her dinner, and sit, and heel, and drop and stay, and wait, and come etc and then she gets to "go" and eat.

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    Oh jeez - we're a long way off that! Maybe one day!

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    I wait until they're distracted and hide in different places around the house and when I call or whistle they alway come looking for me. I have the same problem as you with my Rottie, she doesn't let me out of her sight in the house so you have to be tricky about it.

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    We're making slow progress, he is getting better at staying thanks to hallway practice and we have a long lead for the park. Even had a morning walk today, miracle of miracles

    Thanks everyone for your great advice

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