Introducing Jim's Perfect Walk - Ready, Steady Recall! Flashcard Course
Ever had that sinking feeling? You call your dog, you know he has heard you, and he totally ignores you? I know, me too. You know you need to do something straight away or the habit of ignoring you will get worse. But what should you do?
When your dog ignores you there are three actions you need to take.
The first is to recover your dog. The second is to take steps to ensure that he isn’t given opportunity to ignore you again. In other words, to manage his future behavior more carefully until you have completed the third step – teaching your dog to recall on cue!
RECOVERING YOUR DOG
If your dog is not too preoccupied, the best strategy is simply to make a lot of noise (to attract his attention) and without pausing turn and run away from your dog. As fast as you can. Most dogs cannot resist running after a whooping, hollering crazy human friend. If your dog is rushing off to play with another dog and ignores your whoops, shouts and whistles, you are simply going to have to go and get him.
MANAGING YOUR DOG
There are two aspect to managing the dog that isn’t (effectively) recall trained. The first aspect is to stop calling the dog unless you are certain you can ensure he does not ignore you. The second aspect is to prevent him from running off and evading you.
Every time you call a dog and he does something other than return to you, you are badly damaging your recall cue.
If this happens more than a very few times, your recall cue will become useless. Don’t call a dog that has not been taught to recall EXCEPT in the context of your recall training program.
STOP YOUR DOG RUNNING OFF
The best way to manage your dog in public places, until you have trained him, is with a long line attached to a body harness.
The harness is important just in case the dog runs after you pick up the line, or in case it gets caught on something. Attaching the line to a collar can hurt your dog’s throat when he comes to a sudden stop.
The default situation with the long line is that it is left to drag along the ground. When you anticipate trouble, you can pick up the end without the dog guessing you are about to interrupt his fun. It is also a brilliant training aid.
TEACHING YOUR DOG TO COME WHEN CALLED
Come when called (Recall) is a relatively easy behaviour to teach, but it’s a very difficult behaviour to both maintain, and proof to advanced levels.
In day-to-day life, we all call our dogs sometimes and they don’t listen. Or, we call them and they DO listen, but we don’t remember to reward them enough. Or, we call them and accidentally punish them for coming. Like when we call them to give them a bath or put them in their crate, or we call them when it’s time to go home.
The essence of a good recall lies in creating a situation where the dog feels the urge to be next to you more than anything else in the world when he hears that recall signal.
Another very important element in recall training is knowing when to progress to the next level. Go too far too soon and you can undo all your great work and have to start from scratch.
The trick is to increase the level of difficulty in stages and to limit the opportunities that the dog has for ‘self-rewarding’ until he is ‘fluent’ at responding to your recall cue in any given situation.
Want a step-by-step plan to achieve this so you can proudly own the best dog in the park?
I hope so! Without further ado - let's get started!
Jim's Perfect Walk - Ready, Steady, Recall Flashcard Course is a proven 6 week step-by-step plan to train a super charged recall.
Each week for six weeks you'll receive a flashcard set for the exercises with a clear and simple way to test whether your dog is ready to go on to the next level.
For example, to progress from Level 1 there are 3 Requirements:
Throughout this course we'll also use what's known as The Five Rep Test – this is exactly how to tell if you’re ready to progress an exercise to the next level of difficulty.
For example, you'll do five reps of an exercise with the dog at a distance of about 3 m / 10 ft. A successful rep is one where the dog comes to you immediately upon hearing the cue. You'll stop when you hit your first unsuccessful rep.
Don't delay - get started on your recall training today! :-)
Jim's Perfect Walk - Ready, Steady, Recall Flashcard Course
Q How is the course delivered?
A Each Monday for 6 weeks (starting the Monday after you join) you’ll receive a set of flashcards for the week in a PDF file delivered to you by email with an accompanying link to all the supporting videos.
Q How long do I get access to the course?
A You keep the flashcards so can revisit the lessons at any time!
Q What if I can't keep up over the 6 weeks as I have some other commitments?
A This is absolutely fine and one of the reasons I designed these cards. Ideally you’ll complete the cards over 6 weeks but all the information will stay available for you so you can work through at your own pace.
Q What if I don't understand an exercise?
A There is an accompanying video for each exercise showing you exactly how to practice and you have email support for the duration of the course.