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    Wesley is offline Junior Member
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    DefaultHow to get a Solid Recall?

    Well Jackson is 1 day short of 8 weeks, and he has absolutely no recall. I call his name sometimes he glances at me sometimes he doesn't. When we go outside he stays in my general vicinity, however will only come to me on a rare occasion when called. I can general get him to come into the house by just walking in but if anything and i mean anything catches his attention or if he is just sniffing around he will not come or even respond to me. What is the best way to getting a good solid recall? Hes still very young but I want to start early.

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    8 weeks is too young to get much learned response. That's like the first day of kindergarden.

    I suggest you google NILIF dog training (Nothing In Life Is Free); it's a method that combines training with feeding.

    Also, Jean Donaldson's book "Culture Clash" gives the protocols for training a variety of common responses in dogs. IIRC, it's available for a shade over $10 + S&H from Amazon. I'll ETA a link to it -- you might read some of the customer reviews of it. I have it and it's solid mainstream training.

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Clash-...4148754&sr=1-1



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    8 weeks is a bit young to worry about not having a solid recall. At that age I do start a puppy recall game of puppy come, not allowing them the option to refuse, get hold of the collar, lots of praise and treat. I have them on a leash or line so I can get hold of it if they don't come. Coming to me should be the best thing in my dog's life, which means I never call the dog to me to correct it for anything.
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    To young thats what I figured. Thanks for the advice, ill start puppy come!

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    A good puppy kindergarten class will teach you all of this, and more, as well as getting you started on socialisation!

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    I have a good solid recall about a week after puppy comes home, and here's how.

    I pop a bag of microwave popcorn. Put it in a bowl that has a lid and put it right next to the door. I call puppy, and make all kinds of fun noises and when he/she comes to the door. Popcorn!!!

    Now it might help that I have older dogs, but they generally catch on VERY quick.

    JACKSON COME! And wait a minute, then popcorn.

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