It's really easy to get frustrated when they don't come when called but it's so important to remember that they're not being a nobhead (ahem 😂) on purpose or to spite us, it just means that WE are not as rewarding as whatever they're interested in (scent, dog, person etc). If you berate your dog when they *eventually* come back to you then they learn that you're not fun to come back to, which only damages your recall further.
Baloo's recall recently has quite frankly been embarrassing. It was never bulletproof but he would eventually come (without distractions, mind!). We go to a hired private field at the weekend because I know I can't trust his recall, but lately he's just been extra "deaf" and it highlighted a gap in my training. I stopped taking it personally 😂 and have found a few games that can help build value in ME and him hearing his name.
This snippet of videos is all from last night in one session, I thought some of you might find it useful. I have his normal kibble in his snufflemat but in my hand I have dried liver (a very high value treat for him). I let him tuck into his mat and use the lead to help guide him to me to begin with as a prompt when I called and he didn't listen. If he was more resistant then I'd have put the liver under his nose and guided him to me, no tugging/dragging. As soon as he realised I had the GOOD stuff he cottoned on quick. 10 minutes later and I'm recalling him from out of sight with no lead. This is a great start and we'll get this solid during the week. The next level up will be putting some yummier treats in his mat and then working on his recall still. Once he's got that down at home, we'll recreate this in the field.
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