Recall Training – The Ultimate Resource To Training Your Dog An Excellent Recall

Struggling with training your dog to recall? Feel like you aren’t getting anywhere regardless of the approach you are taking? read on and gain access to a 5 Day video Training Guide!

Are you struggling to train your dog in the recall exercise?

Trying to modify his or her behaviour in any respect but aren’t achieving the results that you are looking for?

Whilst this guide is specifically aimed at owners struggling with recall, the concepts within will apply to anything you are trying to achieve with your dog. There are a number of reasons that your training attempts aren’t producing the results you are looking for and we plan to share them with you.

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got!
It always amazes me how many owners and even professional trainers continue to use the same approach even though it isn’t giving results. Dogs are very intelligent and respond very quickly to good training – if you are struggling with the recall it will be because your dog is struggling to understand what you require – this is easy to sort.

It is not the approach to training but the ability and skills of the owner that creates results.

Many Dog owners and lots of professional trainers will give up on a particular approach because they believe that it isn’t working for them and their dog. They immediately look for a new approach to training. I have seen all manner of different training techniques come and go over the years and regardless of the approach one thing remains constant;

A skilled trainer on the other hand possess all of the traits required to take on board a new approach, apply it to an individual dog and produce a result very similar, if not exactly the same as the last dog they trained using a completely different approach. If the trainer does not possess the required skills to help their dog understand then they will struggle.

You can take the proven best approach to training and put it in the hands of a person who has bad timing or an emotional reaction to their dogs bad behaviour and the training will fail. There are a number of essential training skills which are imperative to your dogs understanding.

How to become skilled at training your Dog

Unfortunately, using a conventional approach of reading books, researching online or visiting a trainer can only help you so much because usually the whole approach to training dogs and their owners is flawed.

It is scientifically proven that it takes around 10,000 hours of correct practice to acquire proficiency in a complex skill such as a new sport. But this is just dog training I hear you say? – Be assured, dog training is a very complex skill, its actually more complex than most others because not only do you need to learn the handling skills but you also need to learn how to read and react to an animal which learns and responds to its environment at least 7 times faster than a human and whose hard wired canine traits, in the main, run in direct contrast to what you are trying to achieve.

Over the years it has become apparent that there are certain habits that most owners of troublesome dogs all share in common. The habits are in the main completely subconscious. Because the owner doesn’t realise they are doing it, it doesn’t matter how often a professional trainer tries to stop the particular habit for an hour each week because as soon as the owner is alone again they will unknowingly recommence in their bad habit thus halting or reversing any progress made during the lesson.

The answer?

After studying and analysing the habits of over 1000 pet dog owners who are having issues with their dogs we have found the common differences between their approach and the approach of a skilled trainer.

We have taken the anomalies between you and the skilled trainer and applied the pareto principle to them (read more on the pareto principle here) to discover which ones we should focus on to get the biggest results with the smallest investment of time on your part. The result is a short list of easy to understand and apply principles which work in harmony with your natural tendencies whilst allowing you to really start communicating with your dog.

The anomalies and areas that you should begin working on right away to achieve success with training your dog and improve your skill set are (in order of importance)

  • Timing of consequence – Timing is critical, dogs react to their environment and the people in it at least 7 times faster than humans. In order for communication and proper reinforcement of behaviour you need to respond within a maximum of 1/2 a second to your dog regardless of if the dog is displaying a behaviour you want it to or a behaviour you want to stop.
  • Anticipation – Skilled trainers are aware that a dog will respond and react much faster than they will and they also know that dogs are creatures of habit. These two pieces of information combined lead to the trainer having to anticipate the dogs next move. If the trainer anticipates what the dog will do next then their timing will be exceptional thus leading to quick learning and understanding on the dogs part.
  • Talking too much – I’m not saying you can’t talk to your dog (I have conversations with mine all of the time) but the habit of talking to your dog at the wrong times causes so many issues it is unreal. Talking or repeating yourself to your dog when trying to modify behaviour however causes a knock on in four other areas which are very detrimental to your desired result.
  • Lack of praise – In direct contrast with the above anomaly is a consistent lack of praise both in terms of speed of praise (see timing of consequence above) and a general lack of positive input when your dog is doing what you like. It is human nature to notice misdemeanours often but miss small improvements in behaviour. You wouldn’t go to work if all you ever got was told when you were wrong and it is very common for dogs to feel like all the are getting is bad feedback. In a human world this tendency can be seen often between staff and manager or husband and wife.
  • Expecting it to go wrong – Human nature dictates that we want our loved ones to be successful. Our dogs are members of our families and we want them to be successful too but pet owners expect their dogs to get it right when good trainers expect them to get it wrong. The reason this works is because the trainer expects the dog to not respond correctly to a command or to perform an unwanted behaviour such as jumping up their timing of input will be excellent. Novice owners who expect it to go well will first have to process that it has not gone to plan, then decide on the appropriate action and then do it – by which time the timing window will have passed.

Is that all there is to it?

Well thats not quite all of the differences between you and a skilled trainer but these are the main ones and certainly the ones that if mastered will have the biggest impact on the success of your training regardless of the exercise or the behaviour you are trying to change. One thing is for certain though, without the above skills, it doesn’t matter which approach to training you choose because the approach will not work unless it is applied with excellent timing, clear communication of what is approved of, anticipation of the dogs next move and the expectation of habitual behaviour from the dog.

We have produced detailed explanations of these above anomalies along with suggestions as to how you can begin implementing solutions to them right away. We are committed to helping you and your dog achieve success together, to access these never before seen articles completely free of charge enter your email address below now.

Once you’ve learnt about these concepts we will give you free access to our Five Day Reliable Recall VIDEO Training Guide.

Do you really need to rehome your dog?

There are many reasons why you may feel you need to rehome your dog, but it doesn’t always have to end in rehoming.

At WKD Trained Dogs we put out ‘wanted’ adverts for the popular breeds that our clients desire and if a dog is suitable, we will train them and match them up to a new loving family.

In doing that, we’ve discovered a few common reasons why people feel they have to rehome their dog.

If you are planning to buy a dog, we encourage you to think about the future, and any reasons why you feel you may have to rehome the dog.

Here are the five most common reasons we see for people rehoming their dogs, and steps you can take to prevent it.

Behavioural problems in the dog
This is probably the most common reason for rehoming a dog. Living with a dog with behavioural problems can be frustrating and upsetting.

There are a multiple reasons why a dog might have behavioural problems, and the most likely reason is that you and your dog didn’t receive adequate training in the first place.

We offer a four week residential training course, where your dog will come and stay with WKD Trained Dogs. We will teach your dog general obedience to ensure they behave correctly in your home and out on the lead, and we can target any specific issues your dog has, such as chewing, or aggression.

Once training is over, we will hand your dog back to you and teach you all the commands, and give you all the information you need to know to ensure your dog’s behaviour doesn’t lapse.

Family demands
When people come to us for a family dog, we encourage them to think about the future and anticipate any changes that may result in them feeling they have to rehome the dog. Most commonly this is a new baby, or a new job.

If your job is preventing you from spending as much time as you want to with your dog, consider doggy daycare, hiring a dog walker, using Borrow My Doggy, or ask if you can take your dog to work. More and more offices allow their employees to take their dog to work now, if they are well behaved of course.

When you have a baby, you may be concerned about how your dog will behave around the baby, and adapt to a huge change in your household.

There are some basic ground rules you can set to make yourself feel more comfortable and relaxed about your dog and your baby:
• If your baby is on the floor, the dog must be in its bed
• Do not allow your dog to jump up when you are carrying the baby
• Always supervise your dog and baby – never leave them alone in the same room
• Make sure your dog has a den / safe place (such as a crate) before the baby is born, where you can put them when you inevitably have lots of visitors in the first few weeks
• If your dog’s routine will change, establish this before the baby arrives so that the dog is used to it. For example, your dog’s meal or walk times might change, and get your dog used to walking next to a pushchair.

All of our dogs are sociable animals, who are great with children as most of them go on to become trained family dogs, and will meet children that visit our site.

If we are aware that client is expecting a baby, or planning to have one in the near future, we can do number of things, such as:
• Train the dog to walk alongside a pushchair
• Ensure the dog only plays with their toys; they won’t pick up dummies and the like
• Play soundtracks of a baby crying so that they are not alarmed by the noise

Relationship breakdown
The breakdown of a relationship can be incredibly stressful, and can result in people rehoming their dogs. The most common reasons for this are the dog’s energy levels being too high and the owner feels they cannot manage it, or the owner doesn’t feel they can give the dog the time he or she needs.

If it’s a case of your dog’s behaviour being too much to handle, our four-week residential training course can vastly improve their behaviour and correct any specific issues your dog has.

If you feel you can’t give your dog the time and attention he or she deserves, consider using a dog walking service, or doggy daycare. If you still feel that it isn’t enough, it’s probably in the dog’s best interests that he or she goes to a new home.

Moving abroad, or to a pet-free property
If you are renting, you may find that a lot of properties say they do not allow pets. The DogsTrust run a scheme called Lets With Pets which can help you find a pet friendly landlord, and gives you tips on finding accommodation for your dog.

It can also be useful to make up a ‘CV’ for your pet to give to potential landlords, explaining their behaviour and personality, and listing any training courses your dog has done. If you can prove that your dog is well behaved, a landlord is much more likely to look favourably upon allowing your dog to live in the property.

Taking your dog to live abroad with you is not as hard as you might think. We regularly train dogs in the UK, and send them to live with families all over the world.

When we send dogs to their new loving family by airplane, we have to:
• Get a fit-to-fly letter, which will be issued by our vets no more than 10 days before travel
• Ensure the dog has had a rabies vaccination, and has proof of it in their pet passport (a pet passport is usually around £100)
• The airline will send us documents to complete, along with a travel crate with water trays, and stickers that we have to apply

You will be able to get further information about travelling abroad with your pet from your vets.

Owner’s ill-health
Unfortunately there may be a time in yours, or a family member’s life, where you feel you can’t look after your dog anymore.

If it’s a temporary issue, consider finding a dog sitter, or using Borrow My Doggy.

If it’s likely to be a permanent issue, then it is probably in the dog’s best interest that he or she finds a new family.

If you want to find out more about our residential training course, or have a popular breed of dog that you are looking to rehome, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Untrustworthy, overly-excitable Hungarian Vizsla to obedient and manageable trained dog

A dog doesn’t need to be aggressive to be unmanageable. Earlier this year Ruby the Hungarian Vizsla came to us because she wouldn’t come back when called and was overly excitable around people.

The challenge – unmanageable behaviour

Ruby could not be trusted off the lead when she went out for walks because she would not come back and would jump up excitedly when she met people on walks or when visitors came to the house.

Her owners found that behaviour hard to manage and after finding our website and speaking to us on the phone, they agreed to send Ruby to us for four weeks of residential dog training.

What we did – correcting Ruby’s behaviour

When she arrived at WKD Trained Dogs Ruby was very distracted by everything going on around her so our trainers had to work hard to make sure she focused on them and that they were the centre of her world.

Our trainers got to know Ruby and discovered what motivated her, unsurprisingly it was dog treats. Ruby also wasn’t interesting in playing with a ball or playing fetch, so we taught her how to do this and she saw this as another reward.

Once our trainers understood what motivated her they began to teach her the right behaviours such as how to walk on the lead without pulling, how to come back when called and corrected any bad behaviour, for example running off or chasing our chickens or other dogs.

The result – the same loving dog but obedient and manageable

Four weeks later Ruby’s owners returned to pick her up and we carried out a handover, showing them all of the commands we taught her and gave them a set of guide notes. They were delighted to find that she was still the same loving and friendly dog but she was now much more manageable and obedient.

Ruby is now allowed off her lead every day on walks and always comes back when called, even when they are somewhere busy with lots of distractions such as people, children and other dogs. In the home she is also much more obedient and doesn’t jump up at visitors anymore and doesn’t jump up at people they meet when on her walks.

Here is a small snippet of the testimonial from Ruby’s owners, you can read the full testimonial on our testimonials page.

“This has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made, Ruby remains our very friendly, lovable dog but she appears much happier and so are we, as she is much more obedient, therefore, more manageable in company and when out for walks…The training Ruby has received has given us confidence to take her anywhere knowing that she will be well behaved.”

If your dog is unmanageable on walks, boisterous or aggressive with other dogs or people or has any other behavioural issues, our residential dog training can be life-changing.

Call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our contact form to find out how we can help you and your dog.