Recall w/distractions

  • Recall w/distractions

    Posted by Gina on January 6, 2024 at 12:47 PM

    Hi all,

    I’m working on recall with my 4 year old AmStaff. On our walks he drags a 15ft lead, and I call him back randomly throughout the walk. I reward with either food or verbal praise. He’s been doing well; however, he’s intact and loves to sniff, and some spots are super engaging for him, so he doesn’t always listen to my come command in those areas. How should I correct and work on this in high engaging areas? When this happens I usually have to walk to him, say no, pop the leash and tell him to come again with guidance. I’m not sure the best way to correct and teach him to come to me under any distraction. Any feedback would be great!

    Thanks in advance for the advice!


    Mattias replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Gene

    January 6, 2024 at 6:04 PM

    I would start by watching the videos in the member’s new lesson section. there are about 6/7 videos of Ellen & Mellow, Debra & Murrow, Karl & Jerome these are in pages 1 through 5.

    The basic premise is the dog/puppy wants to be with the owner. I would have say about a 20/30ft lead. You begin with a couple of treats then walk away when the dog follows and catches up he gets a treat. When he checks out he gets a pop on the leash and when he looks, you trot backwards “Come! Come! Come! when he catches up he gets a treat. In the videos there are no commands given or corrections given. The slight pop on the leash is just to get the dog’s attention. When he steps toward you trot backwards. These videos are all about having a good time and building a relationship with your dog. Your dog is probably more intense than the one’s in the videos but the process is the same. Robert’s and Jan’s dogs are not fixed. Just keep working on it. It probably will take somewhat longer. I have my dog on about a 40/50ft line and I drop it and let him wander about. I know he will not run away. However, on the recall at times I may have to “Come” 3X. I guess he’s “busy”. It took a while to get to this point.

    • Gina

      January 7, 2024 at 4:01 AM

      Thank you for the advice. I’m going to try a longer line like you suggest. His recall is great when he’s not interested in a good smell. He typically comes running to me on the first call. It’s the times where the smell trumps me and I can’t break his attention and get it back to me but if I have him on a longer line and he’s 20ft away I can do a light pop to get his attention back to me. I’ll watch the videos too and practice walking and letting him hit the end of the long lead to come back to me without words

      as well. Thanks again!

  • Mattias

    February 19, 2024 at 12:32 AM

    If he has an high play drive it will be hard.
    You can’t stop the drive, but you can enforce your command with an e-collar.
    Stop (e-collar!) Back! (e-collar) You are enforcing your command, not the play drive. When he comes back, be happy for having him back!
    Go through the e-collar sessions from beginning so you don’t start wrongly.
    Good luck! 😀

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