Why it's so important to teach your dog to come when called
Ever been out with your off-lead dog and it alerts to something? Maybe another dog, a person, a child, a kangaroo or bird.
Ever thought ... eeeep ... this is going to go pear-shaped? Knowing that your dog is going to take off after the object of interest and completely ignore all your calls for its return?
Does it get your heart pounding when they do this? Maybe they narrowly miss getting hit by a car or perhaps they are headed straight for a dog fight. Nothing gets the adrenaline going more, that's for sure.
So why doesn't your dog listen to you?
There are a few factors at play here but first and foremost is Relationship. When training, it is one of the most essential elements you can achieve with your dog. Without that, your dog believes everything else is more important / interesting than you.
Where do we start? We start by building Engagement with you to help develop that relationship and ensure you are the most important thing in their life. Much more important than the jogger, bird, skippy, cyclist etc
A dog that won't recall is a dangerous dog, either to itself or to something else. A solid recall could save its life.
I believe it is THE most important obedience exercise you can teach them.
But like all training it takes time. It takes Consistency. It takes Clarity and it takes clear Communication - The 3Cs.
If your dog doesn't recall reliably, it is an accident waiting to happen and you have 2 options - Management (dog remains on lead whenever you are out) or Training.
Which one will you choose?