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Pia Silvani
Teacher, Trainer & Author
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

TRAINING SESSION #7 – “HERE” - Getting a Really Reliable Recall! – Part 1

Before you begin to teach a behavior, make sure you have a clear definition of the behavior in your head.  Imagine what it should look like and do not deviate from that picture. 

I like to use the word “HERE” as my emergency recall word as opposed to the word “COME.”  Most people use the word “come” in everyday life and tend to overuse it.  For example, we might say “come on” to our dogs when we want them to move along with us.  Some say “come on, you know this” when they are becoming frustrated with the dog.  Others may have used the word “come” to mean move to me but the dog only has a 50/50 success rate.  If you want a really reliable recall, you need to ensure that the dog moves to you 100% of the time.  You are conditioning a behavior.  If you are sloppy, the dog will be sloppy.  In Part 1, we will start off with the basics of getting that really reliable recall.

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