How to teach a dog to come back when called | Expert puppy training advice

Dogs love a bit of freedom. And there are
times when we all want to let them off their leads. But it’s only safe to do so if you’re
sure your dog will come back when you want them to.
International trainer Anthony Clarke is showing Sian and Neil how to teach their young pups
basic recall. So the games which we’re going to play now
are all really easy foundation things that you can play at home with your friends, your
family, your partners and stuff, to make the dog want to come back to you. What we’re going
to do to start with then is I’m going to be holding the dog here, okay, restraining them.
You guys are just going to be running sort of five to ten metres away from me. As you
run away you’re going to be calling their names and the dogs will want to get to you.
When the dog’s really pulling me and wanting to get to you, I’m going to let them go, okay,
and the dog’s going to come running towards you. When the dog reaches you, okay, I want
you just to praise it, whether it be with a toy, okay, food or just kind of physical
praise, okay. As much excitement for coming to you as possible. What we’re trying to do with the first exercise
is make the dog use its natural chase drive to actually get back to the handler. So as
the handler is running away, we want the dog to build up that drive and want to get to
them. Very good. Excellent, well done. Okay, now
we’re going to do the same with Alfie now. Okay, so I’m hold him here again. And do exactly
what Sian did. Alfie, good lad. Okay, so as you ‘ as you leave him, okay, just call his
name, be really exciting so he wants to come to you instead of everybody else. Right, off
you go. Come back, that’s it, good, good. Brilliant, well done. Very, very good. Excellent. An ideal age for training any dog really is
as soon as you get it, no matter whether it’s a young dog or older dog, things can be taught
to it straight away, whether it’s eight weeks or whether it’s three years old, okay, things
can be taught straight away. Okay, excellent guys, really good. Well, done.
The dogs are all running to us with a lot of speed and wanting to get back to us, which
is exactly what we”re wanting them to do. Just make sure, when they actually get to
you, okay, don’t grab for their collar. Okay. We don’t want a dog to think as soon as it
comes back to you you’re going to grab it, put it on a lead, okay, and then it’s going
to kind of devalue the whole running back to you. Make sure the reinforcement comes
first. Either a treat, play with a toy, okay, or the hands-on physical reward. The next
stage which we’re going to do, we’re going to do the same recall again, but it’s going
to be a little bit more blind. So I’m going to be holding the dog facing the other direction,
okay. So you’re going to then run back behind me and run away, doing exactly the same thing,
calling the dog so the dog’s wanting to get to you. As I release the dog, the dog’s going
to have to turn and then run back towards you, you�re going to do exactly the same
as what you did when the dog reaches you. Okay, let�s give it a go. We�ll go with
Badger again first, okay. So if I hold him over here, if Neil, you want to just stand
straight over there. I�m going to hold Badger here facing this way and you�re going to
get him excited and then run off that direction. Okay, so if I take him, okay. Show him what
you�ve got. Okay, and run off. Hey, Badger. Good boy. Yeah. Good boy. Come
on then. You clever boy. Excellent, that was really good. Well done. Good boy, yeah. Okay, so get him excited again. Alright, okay.
Good, well done. Okay, off you go. Well done. Brilliant, excellent, well done. Now we�re moving out into a more natural
environment where we�ve got bales and lots of outside distractions, so the dog�s got
other things to think about when completing this exercise. Recall is really easy to teach as long as
we know the basis of what we�re trying to achieve. If the dog understands that when
it comes back to us when we call it, it gets reinforcement, when we actually use the dog�s
name to get it back to us or whatever our recall command is, the dog�s going to want
to come back to us, because there�s value for coming back. Okay, what we�re going to do now, we�re
going to play a bit of a game called hide and seek, basically, for the dog. So I�m
going to hold the dogs back like we have in the previous exercises, you�re going to
run ahead and stand behind the bale, crouched down so the dog can�t see you. Keep calling
the dog, okay, until it comes towards you and it appears to you round the side of the
bale, the same as what we�ve done before. Loads and loads of reinforcement and reward
for the dog coming to you. Right, I�ll take him here, okay. You�re going to go and stand
behind that bale, okay. Same as before, calling his name as you�re going away. Off you go. Badger. Badger, badge, badge. Okay. Badger, yes. There you go, well done. Brilliant. Very,
very nice. Good boy. Yeah, you�re so good. Yeah. I�m hiding behind a bale or hiding the handler
behind the bales to make the dog actually have to work a little bit more and think about
what he�s actually got to do. The benefits of doing these exercises are
basically that you know when you go out into any environment, when you call your dog, the
dog�s going to come back to you. So it means that you can go out for a walk, have the dog
off the lead and be able to walk through different situations and know that if there is a problem
or anything, you can call your dog and it�ll come straight back to you without any problems.

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