How can a perfect callback be trained

7 steps to the perfect callback

In order for a dog to be perfectly accessible, it must be able to withstand all possible stimuli: Other dogs, wild animals or people can be an exciting distraction for your dog. Above all, safety plays an important role, because nobody wants their dog to follow a wild trail across the main road and put themselves or others in danger.

Unfortunately, some dogs have not learned properly what a recall means. Many associate coming back with the end of fun and games and quickly notice that they are leashed after the call back, that they go home or that they get a reprimand for taking too long. As always, everyday-oriented training with positive reinforcement leads to success.

Use these tips to teach your dog to come back on demand

1. The right signal

Decide on a concise callback signal (e.g. "HERE"). From now on you only use this signal if you really want your dog to come to you and stay until you send him off again. It is important that you only ever use this signal.

2. Just start

At the beginning you practice the signal quite banally without any distraction. For example on a quiet meadow. When your dog is not busy doing important things, use your voice and an inviting posture to lure him to you.

3. Reward at the right moment

If he is on his way to you and you know that he will definitely come, say the callback signal. Now comes a very crucial moment: don't reach into your pocket until now to get a reward that your dog really loves.

DANGER: If you do this too early and lure the dog with the reward, you will have to show him what you can offer him in the future too, and only then will the dog consider whether it is worth coming back for it.

IMPORTANT: The "Super Delicious" will only be available for coming back for the next few weeks and months.

4. Always ensure a sense of achievement

From now on, never call your dog if there is a chance he will not come back. In such cases, a drag line serves as an aid, because with it you have the dog under control even if he does not react.

5. Increase the exercise with distraction stimuli

Once you and your dog have internalized these processes and practiced them often, the slow addition of distraction stimuli follows. In the first few steps it can be the simple presence of a family member, later on someone who lures your dog with food.

6. Increase slowly

Calling up in front of other dogs should only be practiced at the beginning when the other dogs are not moving, only when that works can you wait for the right moment to call up your dog from an interaction with another.

7. In the event of setbacks: Don't despair

If your dog does not come after calling, there is no reason to doubt yourself or the dog. A 95 percent success rate is also more than satisfactory. Everything below that should always be ambitiously trained, because don't forget: the better your dog is recallable, the more freedom you can offer him.

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