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    Default How Can I Test Recall in New Location?

    Another thread got me thinking.

    I am just wondering how you tested this in "new situations" and outside of the house.

    I cannot test Pippi on this. Her recall is really good round th ehouse now (used to be terrible), and we have tested it once when she escaped out the back fence (she came right back when called)

    But unfortunately there is no other way for us to test her of the property. If the front door opens she used to run off down the drive way (and I would have to chase her down the st) but now she has learnt if the front door has been left open she is not allowed off the top step unless her lead is on so that doesnt help.

    Not really sure how else to test it. We cant use a long line because she knows when she is "attached" and won't go far from me (or will just come everytime because she knows she is attached LOL)

    Any ideas?

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    I personally think a fenced dog park will be a good start when only a few dogs are around (off peak) as distraction then you can go there when more dogs are around etc.
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    With a long line do a few holding onto her and then when she has done say 5 good recalls in a row drop the long line (but don't unattach it from her) and let her get further away from you then call her back she will start to feel more free as she doesnt have your weight on the end. At least that way she still has a lead attached and should make her easier to catch if she decides to go in a different direction. Also make sure you have the absolutely YUMMIEST treats and that she knows it.
    Remember if she does ignore you best option is to start walking/running noisily in the other direction (screaming, anything high pitched) and try not to call her name repeatedly. I usually call name once and then follow with Puppy Puppy Puppy in a high pitched voice and then if still having trouble go in the other direction.

    Otherwise dog parks, preferably ones which are relatively large for a good recall room. Try first a park with no other dogs in it and then upgrade from there.

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    I also test in fenced off leash areas, but if you do not have them or do not like them...........Make a long line out of baling twine...Dogs do not seem to think they are on a long-line. It is our final "test". They are a bit annoying, because hey get caught up sometimes. Looks really classy too
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    I know all about class. Her long line is a bit of orange nylon rope tied to the end of her regular lead LOL.

    I will try in an off leash fenced area...and will also try the dropping of the long line.

    Unfortunately, running in the opposite direction making high pitched noises does not work for this dog, she thinks "sweet, mums going the other way so now I can run faster the other way" LOL

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    Try some high value treats - Johnny can be a bit crummy with his recall in new environments unless I am armed with little bits of hot dog. I wean him off the treats eventually but always use them in new park environments.

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    what kind of dog do you have? i have heard of people using a bit of fishing wire attached to the collar, nice and light but pretty tough (unless the have lots of muscle behind them haha)
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    running in the opposite direction
    I find Hide and Seek is a good game to play at home and you can use this game at a dog park if your dog just disappeared to bush or behind a building etc. I use a command "Come and find" me. Sometimes I use this command running opposite direction or just ducking down. Perhaps it just works for my minis
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    fishing line actually might trick her into thinking she's not attached.

    Shes just a little thing so it might work.

    Hide and seek, I might see if shes interested in that around the house before I try it out in public lol

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