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Reliable Recalls With Your Dog

Well if you made it here, that tells me that you are looking for that extra edge to get that rock-solid recall that people talk about.  I am here to share it can be a pretty simple process done as part of your daily routine.

 First, there are some rules:

  1. Do NOT put your dog in a sit, walk away, and then call them. This creates a slow recall, and in most cases kills your dog’s stay.

  2. Do NOT use the word “come” to start, this is what we call a poisoned cue…meaning it is used way to much and the dogs don’t know what it really means.

  3. DO reward with a high-value treat, would you go to work if you didn’t get a paycheck?

  4. If your dog does not come, you have made it too hard, make it easier and try again.

  5. If your dog fails 2 times in a row, again, it is too hard.  Make it easier and try again.

Really the rules are pretty basic, as long as you follow them, you will progress.

So how do you get started?  We do it with a simple Name Game.  Name Game teaches your dog that his/her name is worth its weight in gold. 

[Name = Cookie]

Yep, it is that simple….

To get started, with your dog next to you, say her name.  When she looks at you, give a cookie. 

Now, I highly recommend using a marker such as a verbal “yes” or a clicker to relay the correct info to your dog.  BUT I am not going to go into that today…that can be a post for another day.  If you are familiar with these methods, go for it.  If not, wait until I can break it down for you…. I see so many people who don’t get the concept of marking behavior, and to be honest you can create things you just don’t want to fix by doing it wrong.

So, once again, start simple with your pup near you, when she looks at you, reward. 

With success add a little distance at a time, ALWAYS remember to reward.  THIS is how you make your dog’s name worth its weight in gold…or to them, dog cookies.

Do this 5-10 times per day, you too will have a dog with a rock-solid foundation for the recall that you desire.

Essential Oil Spotlight:

Does your dog have a hard time focusing on the task at hand?  Is that making your recall work harder?

Then you may want to consider doTERRA's InTune, this blend was designed to enhance and sustain focus.  It is great for people and dogs.  It can be used consistently in training, to help form the proper habits or responses each time we ask for a behavior. 

Oils in this blend include: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lime which promote clarity, while Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing.

Always acclimate prior to use (make sure to download my free Cheat Sheet for more info).  I like to roll the oil into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, then apply to the rear pads, and pet down the spine.  Remember it only takes a little.  

Ready to take your EO education to the next level?  Make sure to check out our Dogs 101 Basic Online Training Course.




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