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    Thumbs up We did it!!! Graduated!!!

    Hooch passed the RSPCA trainning course. He did so well.. and we even got to teach him 3 tricks. Bang, crawl and shake. He is just so trainable.
    Now what?
    Has anyone done the second (level 2) RSPCA course? is it any good? would we benefit out of it?
    He still doesnt have good recall eventhough we have been religiously training him every day. He gets everything and he would come when I call around the house or on a leash in the park if I have super good treats and no other dogs around.
    Will it help with that?
    What kind of training would you suggest for us? he just loves training and we like it too because he gets new things so quickly (besides come lol)...

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    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Nice work bunny and hooch
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    Well done you two! If he enjoys it, why not do the second level.

    With the recall, it just takes lots and lots (and lots and lots and lots) of practice. You have to do it so often in all kinds of different situations that it almost becomes a reflex to the dog. I started training recall 10 months ago and will still occasionally call Banjo just for practice when we're out on walks, even though her recall is pretty rock solid now. The only times she very occasionally fails is if she sees a person she decides she really likes. If she doesn't come when I call then, she goes on lead for a while.

    In Canberra the RSPCA has a course called 'Recall clinic' too. Not sure if they do this in other areas.

    Recall is such a simple mechanism but it is the hardest one to teach. And the most important in my opinion.

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    YAY for Hooch!!! And of course you too BG!!

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    Awesome Well Done

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    How fantastic!!
    Well done both of you !!!!
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    Thanks everyone <beaming here>...
    Wish there was a recall clinic in WA - would definitely join it! Might look around. Awesome advice

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    for you both....whoo hoo

    Well done. I will always take my dogs to training, because mine love it. It doesn't matter at what level. just keep it fun.

    We do just fun training sessions, where we teach dogs to do low planks, ramps, seesaws and just do games. Spending time around other controlled dogs is just good......Good for all dogs
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    There is lots and lots of information on teaching recall out there, but I found this one helpful and to the point when I started with Banjo: The First Steps to Teaching a Reliable Recall: Kathy Sdao - Bright Spot Dog Training And there's a follow up too: More on the Reliable Recall: Kathy Sdao - Bright Spot Dog Training

    I think it was the 'hamburger in the crotch of a tree" that gave me a bit of an aha moment when I first read it. (Not that I ever did that myself!)

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    Beloz... I havent clicked on your links yet but "hamburger in the crotch of a tree"..... lol hmmm this should be interesting!

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