Brilliant Recalls

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Over the next 4 weeks, I am going to teach you my secrets, drills, and training methods to teach, improve, and proof your _________________.


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Name Response –

This is a useful skill when it is necessary to get your dog’s attention in order to give him directions.

“If you have your dog’s eyes, you have his mind!”

Once your dog finds it rewarding to look when he hears his name, using his name before giving a “come” command can be very beneficial.

What you will need

High value treats. Ones your dog LOVES

Teaching Name Response – teach your dog to turn quickly and attentively look at your face when he hears his name.

Put a number of treats in your hand or mouth. Keeping small treats in your mouth will make it easy to get AND the dog will make the “habit” of looking at your face.
Stand close to your dog.
Say your dog’s name.
As soon as your dog turns, praise and touch a treat to your face. This teaches your dog to look at you!
Bring the treat down to feed it to your dog.
Your dog should be looking toward your face as he receives the treat.
Do this sequence three or more times consecutively and then release your dog.

Quick Training Tip – While teaching this exercise, use your dog’s name sparingly. For example: Only use your dog’s name if you want him to look toward you and you are ready to reward!

Always make saying your dog’s name and him looking at you a very positive and rewarding experience. If your dog is more than a foot away, he should move closer to you while he looks at your face. Always feed your dog close to you. If your dog is not close enough to hand him the treat, back up and make him come closer to receive the treat.

Problem Solving

If your dog is distracted and will not respond to his name. When practicing Name Response this week, start in non-distracting areas and try to train as many times each day as possible. Each time your dog responds to his name, you should praise and feed him a varied number of treats as he looks toward your face.

Video Notes: Karrde (pronounced Card), the puppy in the first two clips. Here he is learning to look toward me on his name. Note: how I deliver the treat close to me, he has to come to me to get the treats. A few times he actually would not look away from me, so I tossed a treat and proceeded with training. In the second clip, I started adding the Collar Grasp as the treat was being delivered. The Collar Grasp is a very important part of training. One day it might be important for Karrde’s safety for me to grab hold of his collar. Training the action will ensure when and if the time comes, he will not be surprised or defensive. In the last clip, Koda has learned Name Response. He is such a good boy and is offering a sit which I praise and reward.

Teaching your dog to turn quickly when he hears his name regardless the distraction.

Put your dog on leash, grab some yummy treats and take your dog to the front yard.
Walk around a bit and when your dog looks away from you, say your dog’s name.
Your dog should immediately turn to look at you.
When your dog looks at you, praise and reward him multiple treats.
Feed your dog close to you and hold on to his collar while you are feeding the treats.
If your dog doesn’t look immediately, get your dog’s attention by giving a tap on the rear, tug or leash pop.

There is an easy way to redirect your dog from a distracting situation. Say your dog’ name and “come” while taking a few steps backward and away from your dog and the distraction. Your dog is not given any additional leash as you back away. As soon as your dog turns, reward your dogs with several pieces of “high value” food in a way that encourages your dog to make eye contact (treats brought to the face and then to your dog). Many times this exercise will defuse a situation and can be used to prevent unwanted behavior such as lunging, barking because you are being “proactive.”

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Fastest to me wins!

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Hide and Seek call and disappear

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“Catch Me, Come” Game

Take anything your dog loves, his food to his favorite toys, bone or treats.

• Show your dog you’ve got it by calling out his name!

• The second he looks to you, run away from him and say “Catch Me” in a happy, excited voice.

This action of running away from your dog, instead of toward him, often ensures that your dog will come when you call out his name. To add “Come” to the lesson, say it. Pair the word “Come” with positive rewards, offered when you’re together – not apart.

• After you’ve run a few yards (vary the exact distance), turn and face your dog and say “Come” in a clear, happy voice as you swing the toy to your face.

• The moment your dog looks up, give him the reward and tell him he’s a good, good dog or puppy!

Now, play the Catch Me, Come game, inside and out, anytime your dog looks bored, or he’s getting distracted or flustered by another dog, cat or object.

Fastest to me wins

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Hide and Seek call and disappear

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whistle recall and add pdf


I have included “Stay” games since stays are often a “stress” area with some dogs.   Over the years, I have found that these games or ways of rewarding the stay often build focus on the handler and also aid in a stress release for the dog.

Criteria for this skill – While training, I want to see my dog confident and attentive.  He should be focused on back as I leave, and explode off the position when released.

Reminder –  The games may be used for any stay.  I.e a game can be played when a dog is on a sit for a recall, a start-line stay, etc.  Basically, these ways of rewarding may be used anytime your dog is in a stationary position and you are leaving or at a distance from your dog.

Teaching the fundamentals

 I a including four (4) way I reward stays.





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COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make




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