Sunday, June 26, 2011

Recalls

Recently, we visited with my sister and played at my friend's 60 acre horse farm.  It is an excellent safe place to really test out recalls.  I wanted to demonstrate how good I expect my recalls to be.  If my recalls are not this good, I do not give mine any unleashed freedom.  We practice recalls on leash, on long lines, fenced areas, and larger fenced areas before we ever venture out into a less secure area.  I also require that mine respond promptly even if we see people and/or other dogs.  They also cannot lose their minds chasing a squirrel up a tree.  I do not mind squirrel chasing, but they then have to come right away if I call.

This is Seven about to turn three years old with 8 months of training. 
The last recall reminds me that it would be a very good idea to train a recall to a whistle.  A whistle could be heard at a farther distance.  I believe Seven simply did not hear my first call.

Here is another video of Seven working on recalls.

16 comments:

jerZgirl said...

Very nice recalls!

jcp said...

I like the recall whistle idea. I may try that!

houndstooth said...

I like the whistle idea, too. I wish we had an area like that where I could practice recalls with the girls. As it is, they do pretty well for me in closed in, confined areas and even a rare few outdoor areas that have no distractions. The only place I know of that we could really practice them is at the dog park, and I'm afraid that would be a bad idea! lol Too many distractions and chances to ignore us. Plus, we go there for fun and downtime. I love how happy Seven is every time she comes to you! I can't believe it's been eight months already!

Angela said...

What a great place to let her run! I'm so jealous!! I have tried a whistle a few times with Beckett running in the back yard, just to see what happened and he stopped in his tracks and came right to me. Since I didn't train him with it, I don't really know why it works.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Wow, those are awesome recalls! Can we have a post on how you train a recall like that please? I'll go check and see if you've already covered it though:) Beryl's recalls are pretty good but nothing like Seven's!

4-legged Wiums said...

very cool :) she's so lovely, and so exuberant!

Kini_pella said...

Beautiful! I am envious of your guys getting to run free. I have a feeling that Ferguson might be much better than the average hound, but am not really willing to risk it (the rescue group has done a good job of brainwashing me into believing him to secretly be scheming to shoot off like a rocket as soon as a leash is unhooked. As for a whistle, would a squawker be a bad idea? I suppose you wouldn't want to do regular training with it...but who knows. Are they used after each race at the track? Hmm...

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Kini_pella, LOL :-). Yes, didn't you know that a loose greyhound always results in sudden death! :-)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Oh and about the squawker. Yes, you can use a squawker, but you still have to reinforce it. They will desensitize to it if results in nothing time and again. I do think a whistle would be easier to carry and is likely to work a further distance. I have never been a big fan of the squawkers. They are great for a fresh off the track dog that has just gotten loose, but it really shouldn't not be a substitute for just some basic training.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Wow, amazing! Summit's recalls are probably about that good with no distractions... though being a boy dog he sometimes decides to pee on something before he comes. As long as he doesn't dally around sniffing before he pees and comes as soon as he's done I don't worry too much. I don't tolerate him stopping mid-recall to sniff though.

Also, love that Seven actually catches those flyers in mid-air. Gives me hope that I might still have a frisbee greyhound. ;)

Michelle said...

The whistle is a great idea! Nice recalls. :)

Seattle Greyhounds said...

Those are such awesome videos, now I want to make one with my Graziella. The training I've done with recalls with Graziella involves amazing food. When we're in a place she's off leash I often show her I have something delicious like pork chops in my pocket. Then I wait for a moment when she's reasonably interested in something else and call her. She is very good with this. I'm kind of nervous about letting her off leash so it is unusual for me to take her someplace to run off leash with out high value treats.

Ximena said...

I'm thinking of using a food tube to train recalls like this, because seriously, I'm envious!!
I also have yet to find a whistle to use, never heard of police dog whistles 'til now. Hmf.

Elli's fairly good about her recalls definitely not when chasing our cat though -- very infuriating. I don't think I practice them with her enough. Mainly because she follows me everywhere anyway lol.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

A boat whistle was recommended to me since it works if it is wet. Also, I'll do some posts in the near future about training recalls. The one thing I want to make sure everyone understands - RECALLS NEED TO BE TRAINED ON LEASH! You must not set yourself up to be ignored and unable to do anything about it.

Ally W said...

Hey Jennifer, firstly congratulations on your recent successes, love keeping up to date with how your dogs are doing. I have two Greyhound crosses. One, Pilot, is on to training for novice obedience titles and has a concrete recall, he'll leave something mid chase (credit to you, I had basic recall training, but firmed it up with your great advice as they both have a much higher prey drive than previous dogs I've owned). The other, Ava turned 2 last week, has been great until last two months. She now surveys the landscape before returning, to see what she may be missing first. If it's a human or dog she'll go say hello (she loves to be a social butterfly more than any food) then tear back and give me a lovely sit front and centre. She now only has off leash privileges in fenced areas (slipping track) and I don't call her if there's a distraction I'll go get her. Gone back to lots of on leash recall training, but she still scans even as I pull her back. I always have super high value treats on me when we leave the house (roast chicken is her fav). I make sure I intermittently recall for going back on lead so there's no pattern and sometimes put back on lead then release again. We failed our second attempt at passing the obedience class before we can go on to novice obedience training (she did a runner on the recall, never had at club before). I remember you saying one of yours lost off leash privileges for similar reasons, were you able to rectify the situation? If so any different training tips than you've already given, or just lots of the same that you espouse? If so we'll just keep chipping away with regular training and see if she can earn back privileges. Taking a break from club until/if we can remedy the situation. Thanks for your wonderful blog, Ally

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Ally,

Seven has pretty much lost her off leash freedoms. She is simply too much of a hunter.

However, have you ever scolded her? Like if you are being ignored, have you ever scolded her harshly verbally and stormed after her? Ideally you want to do in an area that you have some control and the space is not huge, but I will verbally assault and chase down my dogs. When I see the Oh-Crap-I-Am-In-Trouble look on their faces and they start slinking off... I immediately back off, call again, and then reward heavily. So if you can set up distractions in a controlled area where you can then do this... that might help.