At Point Cook Dog Training & Day Care, one area I focus on in classes is recall, because everyone wants to be able to let their dog off leash and run free. In class recall might be pretty good, they deal with some distractions with other dogs nearby, they are off leash, they are excited BUT they don’t have the ability to actually go up to the dog, sniff it, maybe even play a little and then come away when called.
This is because we want to keep the situation under control as much as possible. So despite practising recall in classes and getting good results, I still find owners are reluctant to let their dogs off leash or struggle to find a safe environment to do it in.
So once again I put my thinking cap on and thought what if I could take this lesson OUT of class and do lessons in the real world, at a real dog park, off leash with other real dogs in the group also?
And so this is what I did.
I sourced out a few fenced dog parks so they remain safe, especially for the younger dogs which easily get distracted and have started taking lessons out in the open and all the owners get to practise recall together.
The lesson is in real time, owners get to see the improvement real quick, owners learn various strategies on how to get their dog’s attention and the dogs soon learn to love coming back because they can go and play again!
Once we seem to have established a more reliable recall and a mutual trust, we then begin to explore other more open parks so we can proof our work.
Recall lessons will be run regularly on weekdays and will go for 60 minutes. All dogs attending these lessons must be well socialised around other dogs.
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