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Recall Video

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Great. Now get to watching and get to work on those brilliant recalls.


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  1. Renee says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:32am

    Thanks susan, for splitting up the behavior of a recall into a wonderfull plan. Now I am off baking cookies for Bryher and then will start with the restrained recall game. Back to kindergarten….

  2. Bea says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:19am

    Can’t wait to get started! I haven’t seen this mentioned yet, but (especially for those of us with challenged memories) keeping a training journal helps me keep track of our progress–and keeps me honest about how often and how many times I’m actually practicing something. Thanks for the detailed breakdown–really makes it clear.

  3. Danielle says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:06am

    Thank you so much. Your video is full of pearls of wisdom. I had intended to skim through but I found myself rewinding multiple times. How would you do this with a timid dog? I can’t find a reward of enough value that she can recognize it once she realizes we are training. We have split things so expectations are small. Quieted our praise until it doesn’t intimidate her. She doesn’t want to celebrate. She comes but not fast and not with the reliability that we want.

  4. cathie says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:48am

    Gunner (std Poodle) loves the restrained recalls. It really builds his enthusiasm! This might not be the place to ask this (and I’m sure it’s been asked before) I would love to see you train breeds of dogs that aren’t high energy. It’s hard for me to relate to Border Collies, Jacks etc. Maybe you have done this and I’ve missed it. You get me so excited about training and I’M not a BC!!! Thank for providing this.

  5. Sue says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:47am

    Thank you for sharing such a step by step presentation of this. Just as dogs need things broken down sometimes, I also do.

  6. Linda says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:46am

    I am so ready to get out and practice too bad I am at work. Would love to hear suggestions what to do if you do not have a helper since I generally do not have someone around when I train.

  7. Linda says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:46am

    Thanks Susan, this is just the right nudge for me to work on my dog’s recalls!

  8. MicheleA says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:44am

    Thanks for the video to get us headed in the right direction..I can’t wait to here about the e-course…and to here how to do the RR without a helper, its great living out in the middle of nowhere but sometimes you do need a extra set of hands

  9. Margaret says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:43am

    Great ideas. You’ve broken it down beautifully making it easy to work on.

  10. Laura says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:42am

    Thank you SO SO much! I have a fantastic dog, but I rescued her at a year old, and she obviously did not have recall training as a young pup. She is the most amazing agility dog, but her only fault is that I can’t take her hiking off leash or let her just go be a dog, because her recall is only “ok”, and I worry about her safety. I’m so thankful that you’re putting this course out- this could make my amazing dog more amazing!

  11. Trudie says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:34am

    Yes! My doggie was more than happy to kick off our chase game starting on a long line around a tree with me holding the other end,
    but with crate games we will get distance and go everywhere too.

  12. Joy B says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:26am

    Thanks Susan
    Great video! Looking forward to the rest of the series. I am another on that doesn’t have a readily available co-operative helper.

  13. denise crook says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:23am

    A nice reminder of what I should be working towards with my new puppy. Have just rewatched the crate games DVD but would also be interested in advice about RR without a helper. Love the idea of e-courses.

  14. Rachel says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:17am

    Susan – this is just terrific! Thank you.

    When we’re in a new environment, not fenced and using a leash, what do you recommend for getting out in front of the dog far enough to make this effective? (Long line?) My dogs are adult borzois — 46 steps for me = 3 bounds for them!

    I am SO jazzed about this. Agility is new to me and I’m just starting out. I’ve been competing in obedience, but don’t have the brilliant focus at trials that I want. I suspect this work is going to help my dog’s focus on other exercises too.

  15. Joyce Sobey says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:11am

    Awesome reminder to always, always, always, work foundation work. As usual, you break down the steps very clearly and concisely and answer a lot of “what if” questions along the way. Great Job!

  16. Kathy says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:00am

    Great reminder, Susan. You are so enthusiastic and infectious, who can’t get excited about working this skill. Thanks for being you, and thinking of this new format. Looking forward to more.

  17. Esther H says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:11am

    Wow, several ahah moments. Again got the confirmation that we’re doing a lot of good stuff during our training, but that we want to go too fast. We skip levels and don’t go back to levels. Not enough unpredictable and not enough play. Thanks Susan. I’m super motivated to continue and bluff my friends at the dog club beginning september with an amazing progress.

  18. Judith Batchelor says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 6:43am

    Excellent Susan, I was aware of some of the transitioning games but not all. I think one of the reasons brilliant recalls fade is becaue we don’t revisit our foundations often enough. I am very guilty of that.


  19. Debbie says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 6:28am

    Great stuff – I also have the challenge of having a readily available helper. Could I succeed using her “Wait” command – which is “Stay put but get ready to explode forward” and is rock solid?

    • Susan says:
      Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:01am

      We will cover some idea of how to do RR without a helper in the course, but the most obvious one to me is Crate Games!

  20. Trudie says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:55am

    Help! I have a challenging problem. I don’t have a helper! at least, not a very co-operative one at the moment.
    And, going out into other environments, is there a way I can work without a helper?

  21. veronica says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:39am

    Susan this is great.Do we still need to change the recall command if the dog all ready had a good recall…but not brillant as per criteria?
    Or regardless of what we trained before should we start from stratch and begin again with this method ?
    I trained my dogs recall and still reinforce it by playing a game of chase and catch up with her favorite toy “The Frisbee/tug”.I also incorperated the 2 food game for variety and suprise.
    I still have some problems dispite having a lightening fast recall.She still sometimes will run off to distractions such as other dogs playing.
    Theres always that element of unpredictability with her.

    • Susan says:
      Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:00am

      @Veronica I would think you would be fine using your same recall game but I would be careful about the dog running to the throw of a Frisbee rather than to you!

  22. Wendy Newton says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:22am

    You have such a talent as a teacher, an amazing splitter of behaviour for dogs and people, thank you so much for sharing I really appreciate your effort. I will be a better trainer and teacher because of your hard work.

  23. Ali says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:21am

    Love it!! The action photos are brilliant too

  24. Bronwyn says:
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:14am

    AWESOME Susan – thanks so much this is stuff I can so do