Restrained Recall

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For this recall exercise, you’ll need a helper. Have your helper hold onto your puppy. Walk up to your puppy and show them the reinforcer, whether it be food or toys. Tease them a little! This helps your puppy get excited to run to you. Next, take a couple of steps back and call your puppy to come. Praise your puppy as they run to you instead of just waiting until they arrive. This is a great opportunity to deliver information to your puppy.

After one repetition, if your puppy seems ready for it, call your dog and then turn around a run a few paces, letting your puppy chase you.

Play recall games often and in as many environments as you can! Treat well and often, and make sure to be upbeat and positive. You want your puppy to always choose you!