Many people believe that dogs arrive with us with a perfect recall - fully operational.
How wrong can we be?!
People think that as their dog SHOULD listen to them and come when called, then he WILL.
So they sit astride their high horse of SHOULDs and OUGHT-TOs and watch their dog disappearing into the distance without even a flick of his ear.
We expect to spend years - many years - teaching our children what we want them to learn.
So why on earth do people think that they don’t need to TEACH their dog to come when called?
What actually happens is that your tiny new puppy arrives with what you THINK is a recall. But in fact it’s just his infant clinginess and need to stay “close to Mum”. He has an instinctive need to stay close to the mother-ship and be protected.
As time goes by, your pup gets BOLDER and more venturesome. As he moves into adolescence, he gets further and further away from you (and further and further into possible trouble) and you find that your previously-dependable recall is no longer there.
Suddenly you have a “bad dog”, a “stubborn dog”, a dog who “never listens”, a dog who winds you up “on purpose”.
And this is the most common age when dogs are surrendered to a shelter for someone else to deal with. How tragic is that?
And if you’ve started with one of those dogs handed in to a shelter - who you’ve fallen in love with and have given a home to - then YOU have the task of undoing an awful lot of early learning from his puppyhood!
But it’s quite possible!
Even famously “deaf” breeds - who get on a scent and become totally immersed in it, or who spot a tiny movement in the undergrowth in the distance and barrel after it at high speed (that would be my Cricket the Whippet!) can learn to pay attention to you and demonstrate a stunning, instant, fast, spin-on-a-sixpence, recall.
Imagine how life with your dog will change when you’re able to say his name quietly and he’s right there beside you?
Imagine how it will be when you see your dog disappearing after a rabbit and you can call, just the once, and have him hurtle back to you?
You’ll be glad to know you never have to treat your dog any differently than you’d treat your small child! There’s never any need for nasty gadgets, tellings-off, yanking the collar, and so on
And I can show you lots of kind methods that really work.
Mark your calendar for June 10th!
I know it seems miles away, but it will come round in no time. I’ll have something for you that will transform your recalls FOR EVER!
AND it will transform your relationship with your dog, and your enjoyment of him. After all, that’s why you got your dog in the first place, isn’t it?
I look forward to seeing YOU on June 10th, ready to learn the mysteries of making your dog a brilliant family dog.
Meanwhile, check out my book with loads of games and ways to get on the road to getting that recall re-installed and fully functional.