Outdoors Dog Recall training

Lukas enjoying the woods.

Lukas enjoying the woods.

The outdoors recall training is the next step to do when you have managed to recall your dog indoors to every corner of the house and far from eye sight. This post is a continuation of the post: “How to train your dog to “recall” using Victoria Stilwell approach?”  Now focusing on the outdoors, this post presents the evolution of our recalling training in stages. In the end of this post you can see three videos of us recalling Lukas in the woods with a 10 meters leash.

Before we went into the woods, we walked outdoors with Lukas on a 3 meters long leash. The size of this leash enabled to start training the recall each time Lukas would stretch the leash.

Lukas walking outdoors on a 3 meters long leash

Lukas walking outdoors on a 3 meters long leash

The recall training took place everytime we would go for a walk. We called Lukas and each time he would come to us we would give him a treat. Through reinforcement and repetition it became easier and easier to recall him. However, when big distractions are around, like big dogs, big noisy machinery, birds, squirrels, big buses and noisy and running children, recall would not easily work without patience and different approaches to recall Lukas’s attention.

A way to try to recall your dog when he is focused on something else is by starting to run in opposite direction, as a game of chasing. This normally works with Lukas as he starts chasing you and when he does we would reward him. Other times, simply by placing a treat in front of his nose and move the treat forward. This would enable Lukas to start walking from the place he was before towards us.

Lukas training recall in the dog park.

Lukas training recall in the dog park.

Recall training does take place as well in the dog park, where your dog is completely loose. It is actually a good first place to train the recall without your dog being on the leash.

After successful recall in the dog park and with the 3 meter leash, we bought a 10 meters leash. We then took Lukas to a frozen lake area and tried the recall training there. First with short distance and later with increased distance until full 10 meters.

Recall training with a 10 meters leash - beginning

Recall training with a 10 meters leash – beginning

Recall training with a 10 meters leash

Recall training with a 10 meters leash – throwing a toy

Recall training with 10 meters leash

Recall training with 10 meters leash – recall

Recall training with a 10 meter leash - reward

Recall training with a 10 meter leash – reward

The next step was to take Lukas on the woods with the 10 meters leash. The first walks in the woods we would let Lukas have the full 10 meters leash used as we walked along.

10 meters leash in the woods

10 meters leash in the woods

After several walks and successful recalls, we then let go of the leash in our hand but continue to have the leash attached to Lukas’s collar. This would enable in case of no recall possible to still grab the leash if needed.

In the woods with 10 meters leash

In the woods with 10 meters leash

10 meters leash in the woods

10 meters leash in the woods

We now continue with the recall outdoors this way, by letting go of the 10 meters leash attached to the collar in the woods and when there are not other dogs in site. Below you can see three videos of us doing the recall in the woods with the leash loose from our hands.

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3 thoughts on “Outdoors Dog Recall training

  1. Can I ask why you don’t use a harness with the 10m leash?:)
    My trainer always recommends a harness with a long line, in case a young dog gets spooked or wants to run off after something. They can get quite fast in 10m already and if they hit the end of the leash then they might injure their neck.

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