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Q. My dog will occasionally break a recall, maybe 1 in 10 times. What can I do?
Mr. Frawley,

I can't imagine how many emails you receive so I will keep mine short and simple. My dog is 5 now and is very obedient. I have two questions for you, the first one is on the recall I just got done reading your q&a and saw similar questions but not the exact one. When I walk my dog in the afternoon we play with his ball or his tug and he is very good. If he can see another dog he will only sometimes break a recall( 1out of every 10). I have put him on the long lead and set it up so a friend with a dog will approach, but my dog has been on the long lead before and will not even try to break a recall. After that I let him drag the long lead around for a week with no corrections to get comfortable with it so he will react the way he would with it off, same set up, same result. I am about to order the two part video about the electric collar that you have in your catalog. Do you think that is the correct thing to do our should I try to be a little bit more creative. The other question is if I get an electric collar is it ok to use it to firm his obedience up? Thanks for the help.

Rafe

A. You have made the right decision. I will never train a dog without a collar again. You also sound like you understand the principles of dog training pretty well – so these tapes will work for you. I would stick with Tri Tronic collars. I use the Pro 100 but you may get a cheaper one too.

If you want to try it without a collar – the solution is an automatic correction. This means that when the line comes off and the dog breaks the recall because of any reason, you walk to the dog very calmly, no screaming or ranting and raving like you really want to do, try and keep the line out of sight, clip it on the prong collar – which the dog ALWAYS WEARS ON WALKS (for his entire life).

Then correct the living snot out of him all the way back to where you were when you called him the first time. This may mean 3 to 5 jerks says “COME - YOU COME - COME - YOU COME “ Then when you get to the point where you were – you praise the dog to show him you are not mad anymore and that you still love him.

Part of the key here is to not sound mad but rather to sound firm when you are correcting him. Sounding mad may scare the dog, or in the case with some of my males, it may make them mad and then I have to fight them – that’s always a pain in the rear.

Good Luck
  
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