Yesterday, Storm and Thunder of 2browndawgs did a post on recall. It started me thinkin’ about how much time my Human spends with me practicing recall.
I've gotten so good at it that I answer to several different commands...
People who hunt retrievers usually have good recall. Notice I said usually. People with pets...well...Some people don't even bother to take their dogs to school! Could you imagine keepin' your kid at home and not takin' him to school or at least joining a home school program?
(The snow photos are from the Thanksgiving 2013 snow)
The basics and whistle sit and come commands are covered in Training notes and Training Continued (tabbed above).
In the snow photos I’m responding to “bring”.
Above I’ve stopped on a verbal command and I’m waiting to see what the signal will be…My Human will signal with a hand/arm movement which direction we’re going or if she wants me to “come”.
If I get too far in front, she’ll call me with a whistle or send an audible signal to my collar.
Sometimes she calls “back this way”. That means turn back toward her, but I can snoop and sniff. In other words, not a “full” recall.
“Far enough” is self explanatory.
“Here” means come to heel and sit.
Of course, there is “come”…I learned it in beginning and advanced obedience. I present myself directly in front of my Human.
“Come” usually means “goodies”! Yum!
All verbal, whistle or collar signals are accompanied by a visible hand signal as soon as I’m looking at my Human.
Hand signals help us learn verbal. I suggest giving a hand signal with your pup at the same time you give the verbal. Later in life they make it easier to understand what you want.
Remember, we dogs communicate mostly with body language. It’s the easiest thing for us to learn about you. But more on that next week.
Finally, it’s the second Friday of the month, so I’m linking to (This Moment) See Beautiful blog hop hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever.
So let me leave you with these restful scenes from my morning walk.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Y’all come on back!