My Dogs Ears are Broken and it Won’t Come Back!

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I’m a dog training voyeur! I love sitting at the park and watching owners with their dogs as it lets me see firsthand how pet dog owners interact with their dogs and where their training is going a little pear-shaped. Guess what the number one problem I see is? Recall! Call as they might, some dogs just won’t come back!

I’ve even been asked to grab dogs as they run past me at warp factor 9 in an attempt to dodge their owners!

So what is a recall anyway? A recall is when you call your dog to come to you and your dog responds and returns to you taking the most direct route. A reliable recall is where the dog recalls to you majority of the time. Whilst a dog has grey matter between its’ ears it is unrealistic to expect a 100% return rate. About 85% is fabulous!

Safety! If your dog can’t be recalled then what’s to stop them from running across the road? Running up to a dog on lead that does not want to say ‘hello’? Having a reliable recall is essential.

So your dog doesn’t come back? Why? The following are some of the most common reasons I see:

You may notice that I have not written ‘because the dog is naughty’ as a reason. This is because dogs are not capable of that thought process. They are very simple opportunistic creatures that just do what works.

So what can we do?

There are other reasons that your dog may be unable to recall, so if you feel that you have tried training, high-value rewards and being as much fun as you possibly can be then it is time to seek professional help from a reward based trainer, as sometimes it is a behavioural problem rather than a training issue.

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