that is the same as bella
that is the same as bella
I've just got that RRR Leslie Nelson DVD too - I knew some of the stuff but some of it is very specific for the "conditioned" recall - where the dog just comes without thinking about it. Great. But I need a large supply of roast beef and chicken and fritz and metwurst (soft treats) before I can start.
First bit is 100 repeats of the "Name" game ie when you think you will get the dog's attention - call her by name in a happy tone of voice "Bella" and tell her good dog/yes/click as soon as it looks at you and give it a treat, repeat two or three times a session - until you have 100 successful repeats.
Hmm bit before that is to prime your "clicker" & verbal eg (click then treat) x 25 and ("yes" then treat) x 25 - and the treats have to be something she doesn't usually get but really likes - like chopped roast chicken.
And whenever she comes to you - treat - so you will have to carry some round, and if you can make the treat last 30 seconds - that's good.
And only use her Name or the recall word - ONCE. If you repeat it - it loses all value and you will need to start over. When you start training the word - only use it when you think you will get "SUCCESS" ie don't use it when the dog is clearing off the other way and completely not interested in you. If you get this wrong - don't repeat the word - do something the dog doesn't expect instead like squeal and hide. Or play with one of her toys and ignore her for 30 seconds.
When you do call her - and she turns towards her - immediately tell her "good dog" or whatever "you're doing it right" word/system you are using, and repeat and cheer her on every step in your direction. And if she looks like she's about to be distracted - run away from her so she chases you (um works on Frosty).
Is a great DVD - highly recommend - and no worries about playing on Australian DVD players either. And good time to buy with our dollar nice and high.
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A game I have been playing with Mollie is something I have named "Hiding, throw-treat"
I hold a handful of treats in my hand. Throw 1 of the treats a metre+ away and say "go get it". As soon as Mollie runs to get the treat, I run away and hide in a room in the house. I say "Mollie COME!" (Only once) and she'll go pounding around the house looking for me, really excited. By the time she finds me, she is all keyed-up and excited, which is what you want to encourage a dog to come when you say the command ASAP!
I found it really fun, and Mollie loved it! Plus its worth a little giggle to see her checking out all the rooms, trying to find me!
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mollie's adorable! good system...
One thing I forgot to mention that I do when practicing recall
Call the dog to you before you intend to go home from the dog park, give it a pat/treat, hold it's collar for a few seconds and then release it to play again.
That way being called to you does not automatically signal to the dog that the fun has ended.
My whippets have amazingly good recall for sight hounds, but Gem really put me to the test so I learnt to look for when she had a lull in the fun then would call her to me, clip her lead on for a few seconds then release her again.
At age 4 she is now generally the one heading for the gate at the dog park before I am ready to leave.
thanks guys, it is really helping! especialy the food circuit one
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