Recalls @ Puppy Class 5 Nov 2017 – PUBLIC VERSION

Puppies Recalling

Straight away, quickly, and let you put the leash on.

John the Wonderful took photos of our recall session in Puppy Class 5 November 2017. Not perfect pics, but so interesting I was driven to blog about them.

Recall, the most important training by a mile. About the only thing we teach our dogs which is a real life-saver.

Good recalls are straight away, quick and allow you to put the leash on when you’re done.
Brilliant recalls keep him working after you’ve got that leash on so you can walk off under control on a nice loose leash.

Riley Golden Retriever Puppy

Riley Drilling his Recall


Riley Golden Retriever Puppy Training

Riley’s Recall


Riley Golden Retriever Puppy Training

Riley’s Recall Catch in Stand

Stand is a better position to teach for most dogs.

Riley Golden Retriever Puppy Training

Riley’s Recall Catch in Sit

Heidi German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy Training

Heidi’s Recall

Heidi German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy Training

Heidi’s Recall Catch


I’ve done a Recall FAQ at the bottom of the post, don’t miss it!

Puppy Training Spanador Shiba Inu Pug Labrador Miniature Schnauzer

Lovely Recalls

Puppy Training Pug Shiba Inu Spanador

Lovely Catches

Grass is your ideal working surface, please don’t work recalls on laminate or other slippery flooring, speed is dangerous for dogs if they can’t put the brakes on when they need to. We use tarp and rubber matting preferring the dogs to finish their recall on the rubber which gives best traction.


Good training doesn’t keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  That was Einstein’s definition of insanity.  The fixing and the tweaking is one of the joys of training – we really do love it.

Lilly Lhasa Apso Puppy Training

Lilly Lhasa Apso Hesistant

Lilly Lhasa Apso Puppy Training

Lilly Lhasa Apso Fixing


Teddy Maltipoo Puppy Training

Teddy Maltipoo Banana

Teddy Maltipoo Puppy Training

Teddy Maltipoo Catch


Teddy’s recall is nice and fast, but he left his line. In the trade we say he did a “banana”. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but does lose precious fractions-of-a-second so it’s worth fixing. Fix suggestions:

  • Recalling on straight pathways,
  • Simply walking back with him in recall position and rewarding as you go,
  • Repeating lots of short recalls,
  • Running away from him after you’ve called him (run forwards, not backwards, running backwards is really dangerous!)
Tommi Springer Spaniel

Tommi’s Recall

Tommi Springer Spaniel Puppy Training

Tommi Springer Catch

Sweet, fast recall.  Instructor and Team are so proud!


Recall FAQ


I read somewhere you should always reward your dog when he gets back to you. But I really don’t want to reward him, he takes ages to get back then dances around at my feet, dodging me. It drives me nuts.


The late, great John Fisher pointed out to me many years ago what’s the most likely thing to have happened here. The rule is: don’t punish him when he gets back. We often read this as: always reward him when he gets back. And punish could well just you being mad! They can tell when we’re mad.

So, the real fix is to repair your recall, keep him on leash/long line/flexi and get those recalls Good or Brilliant before you start trusting him loose again. That way you’re never put in the position where you’re angry with him for failing recall because during your fixing he just doesn’t get it wrong.



Do I need to go to a dog training class then?



For all sorts of reasons, support, more to learn, structure. People tell me over and over how their training falls off once they’re not in class any more. There are reasons for not going to class, eg dog not happy there, you think class environment is actually harming your dog, you can’t find a class that’s actually teaching you anything useful… but actually, I don’t think that last one actually holds water. Even if you think you’re not learning a lot, you probably are, even if it’s how not to do it! Stay in school, that’s what I say.

© Jenny Adams 2017


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