Why Your Dog Won’t Recall! – Get The Ultimate Recall Training Guide Here

There are many reasons that dogs won’t recall but some are more problematic than others and need to be addressed first. This Blog is about the main barrier to an excellent recall – once you have understood this subject, not only will all become clear but you will also be able to start overcoming the issue.

From our studies into the handling differences between pet dog owners and skilled trainers it has become apparent that generally, members of the public have a lack of ability to raise the volume and tone of their voice to a level which the average dog can hear when at a distance, excited socially or distracted by other environmental factors such as other dogs or animals. It makes sense that if your dog cannot hear you then it cannot respond.

Through the supply of trained family dogs and knowledge that most owners cannot use their voice effectively we have discovered that the ideal dog as a pet is one who which is audibly sensitive enough to hear a recall command at the typical volume that the average pet owner can muster whilst not being so sensitive to sounds that it is scared of fireworks etc. The dog should be audibly sensitive to the owners command up to a distance of 30m (the maximum distance most owners will let their dog roam). We have temperament tested thousands of dogs over the years and found that across all breeds, only 10% of all dogs tested have this naturally occurring audible sensitivity.

Why such a low percentage?

When we looked deeper into the cause of this overwhelming lack of audible sensitivity it soon became obvious as to the reason. Dogs were originally integrated into human life to assist humans in their day to day tasks. Many of the most popular breeds which we are now lucky to have in existence are the product of hunting backgrounds and as a result todays Retrievers, Hounds, Spaniels, Pointers, Setters and terriers are the product of hundreds of years of selective breeding based on the dogs ability, amongst other traits to work unaffected by continuous exposure to gunshot in close proximity to the dogs location. As such, all of these breeds and many others have a naturally occurring and then selectively bred trait of inaudible sensitivity.

Any dog which showed sensitivity to gun shot would not be bred from and as such, over the years sensitivity to loud noises have all but disappeared from the dogs who have their foundations deeply set in hunting roles and as yet. If your dog is dismissive of gunshot is it really any wonder that it can’t hear you when you call?

What can you do to overcome this trait in your dog?

Now that you know the single biggest barrier to a successful recall there are three specific things we can do to overcome it. Some are more plausible than others.

  • Improve your vocal ability – Whilst any improvement here is beneficial it is very unlikely to solve the problem. It takes skilled trainers many years of practice to have the kind of voice control that allows them to recall even the most noise insensitive dogs.
  • Use a mechanical advantage – We can take a mechanical advantage through the use of a whistle. This is a good option. A whistle is capable of cutting through wind noise, can be heard over most background noises and is always going to be louder than the owners voice alone, the problem with whistles is that your dog needs to have an excellent voice recall under heavy distraction before the whistle will carry through into all environments.
  • Teach you dog to listen for your commands – it is possible, in fact it is imperative that we train our dogs to be listening out for commands, yet I know of very few professional trainers who are even aware of this concept. There are four separate training elements which allow you to train your dog to be adequately sensitive to your voice that you achieve unbelievable recalls in all situations. We reveal these elements in our completely free video training guide.

How can WKD help you?

Over the years we have developed a very deep understanding of recall training and more importantly a deeper understanding of owner behaviour and habits which cause recall issues – luckily for you, our recall training articles and free video lessons have been produced to counteract any difficulties that you may be presented with. By signing up to our recall training articles not only will you be the owner of a dog with an amazing recall, you can have WKD by your side each step of the way.

New dog laws: make sure your dog is obedient

Dog owners could face fines of up to £20,000 under new laws which came into force last month to prevent dog attacks.

Since 2005 eight adults and 15 children have died as a result of dog attacks. In addition to that 6,740 people needed hospital treatment due to dog attacks in 2013, a 6% increase from 2012.

The focus of the new laws is to force owners to take action to prevent a dog attack. If someone complains about the dog to the council or the police, owners could be forced to:

  • Attend dog training classes
  • Muzzle the dog / ensure it’s on a lead in public parks
  • Have the dog microchipped and / or neutered
  • Repair fencing to stop the dog being able to leave the property

Complaints can be made against things like excessive barking, intimidating people or attacking other animals.

New laws also include:

  • Up to 14 years imprisonment for owners of a dog that kills someone
  • Up to five years imprisonment for owners of a dog that injures someone
  • Up to three years imprisonment and / or a fine for owners that allow their dog to attack a guide dog
  • Up to a £20,000 fine and / or six months imprisonment for owners of a dog deemed to be dangerously out of control. These people may also be banned from owning dogs and may have their dogs destroyed.

At WKD Trained Dogs we have seen a lot of unpredictable dogs come to us for residential training and it’s certainly not the case that all of those dogs are bad dogs. Their owners have raised them in a loving way and tried hard but the owners and the dogs just hadn’t received the correct training.

The last thing any dog owner wants is for their dog to attack someone or another animal and the correct training can help to prevent that.

As an owner it’s your responsibility to ensure your dog is under control and obedient. Obedience is much more than making your dog sit, it’s about ensuring your dog will come back when recalled, walks properly on a lead, is calm around other people and dogs and will listen to you.

Our residential training has been life-changing for many of our clients. For more information on how it can help you and what’s covered in our residential dog training, please call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our contact form.