Hey! We had some zingers sent to us this week! Here is a really good one all of us Wranglers face with our adorable and bonkers Wadi Dogs……
Wrangler Nicole said obedience training is going well for her and her Wadi Dog “BUT, his recall is absolutely shocking. And it is such a shame as I would love to let him off for a play and run about but he just seems to think it’s a big game of grab something you like and run off with it. The more I approach him the more fun it is to run so I usually just wait. Saying that, he will come when on a long lead and in the house or a less distracting environment. Do you have any suggestions? Do I just need to hang in there? I would love to hear how you got your wadis to come back to you? Thanks 🙂”
Yes! Recall is often hard work with nervous, reactive and stubborn Wadi Dogs. Remember too that Wadi Dogs are usually a mix of different hunting and sight hound breeds so running to whatever catches their attention is part of who they are. To make matters worse, their fear drive can cause them to run away from anything that gives them the heebeejeebees!
Recall is something that does get better with time and practice so it is worth persisting. Find a good basic and intermediate level obedience class, practice general obedience as well as recall in all situations and distraction levels and try not to get impatient and let the beastie off-leash too soon. Work on a long line and when he has mastered long line recall let him drag the long line before allowing him off-leash.
Every beastie is different and we notice a difference between our own beasties who need comfort recall (come to mummy’s outstretched arms), those who need a playful recall (come baby, come!) and others who need a solid command (Jimmy, come!). We work with treats and toys, long lines and redirection games as well as important tools such as e-collars, anything to help build and maintain focus. When used well and under expert supervision an e-collar can do amazing things. We used e-collars on a number of our beasties and saw remarkable progress in all of them. Gaius’ recall is selective but with the e-collar on a soft gentle buzz to help him connect the command with the desired action his recall improved. Bessie benefitted from our using all sorts of tools with her including, at different times and in different combinations, a muzzle, a harness, an e-collar, a long line, treats and cuddles, toys and Grisha Stewart’s BAT techniques, among other things. That said, letting Bessie off-leash in public is a long time away, if ever. Every beastie is different! Uncle Ty the Dog Guy has some great YouTube tutorials on training with e-collars if you want to learn more.
So, Wrangler Nicole, keep on practicing recall in all circumstances. Dogs learn contextually which means they need to learn the same lesson over and over again in all different environments. In the end, you and your beastie will enjoy a deeper relationship and more trust in all situations.
Keep on Wrangling!