Problematic Recall


  • Problematic Recall

     Dennis Hess updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Dennis Hess

    May 10, 2021 at 2:44 PM

    Hope this is the right place for this discussion.

    I have a 14 month old Anatolian Shepherd. She is very good with recall while on leash and minimal distractions but once off leash with even the slightest distraction all bets are off and I don’t exist in her world. I have been working with her since December of 2020 on this and just not getting anywhere. Not sure what else to do at this point. I don’t have an e-collar but am not against using one, properly, if needed but would like to see if I’m missing something fundamental before going that route. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Riggan

    May 10, 2021 at 4:48 PM


    Can you tell us a bit more about what you have been trying? Have you used a long line? Do you use any type of correction? How much have you worked with her with distractions on a leash or long line? If we know more about what you are doing, we might be able to give some better suggestions or see why it is not working.


    • Dennis Hess

      June 2, 2021 at 2:46 PM

      I’ve been spending extra time with her on a 30ft. leash. I try to train her about 50/50 regarding being in a distracting environment. She will respond about 90% of the time once I give her a quick tap or two on the long leash and 0% when off leash. I use very positive praise and either a toy or treat when she responds, when she doesn’t respond I move rapidly, trying to engage her prey drive, and call her again and will apply taps on the leash as needed. I’ve tried to vary the distance of the distraction(s) but she will hone in on things 100+yds away and ignore me so it’s pretty difficult even at great distances from a distraction. I’m thinking maybe I need to take a step back and maybe work more on her “look” at me command first? Thanks in advance, any help would be appreciated.

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