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Recall with distractions

posted on: November 14, 2012

Kathy Sdao, our local beloved dog behaviorist,  taught me that one of the most important tools in a trainer’s toolbox is to have the best recall with my dog, and today this truth was proven correct again!  As I brought my off-leash group into the gated area before the beach at the dog park, the other gate that leads to a vast wilderness had been left open – several doggies ran out the gate – a Seattle dog walker’s nightmare.    FREEDOM!!!  Woo hoo!  Bam, they were gone.  However, even though within just seconds they were out of sight hidden in the tall, grassy fields, I called to them and they all three came running, full speed to me!!  I will admit that my voice sounded panicked rather than calm and confident as Kathy has instructed.  Although I had reinforced “come” with each dog in my pack a million times, in that moment when I knew I really needed it, I was nervous that the sights and smells of the wilderness would win over the tasty treats in my pouch.  But, it didn’t.

Giggle – positive, reinforcement based dog training really works.  It’s about repitition and consistency.  This was a proud moment for all of us at Waggin Tails.   THANK YOU KATHY!  and, thank you to my rockstar clients, Milo, Ollie and Rosco for “coming when called!”

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