Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Drop on Recall

Drop on recall is surprizingly hard. After training for at least a year, I finally am getting to a decent drop on recall at home. He still creeps a bit. I am sure it will be worse at class or at a trial so we need to keep working on it and start proofing it.

We trained it by doing down games (sudden downs when heeling) and by moving forward to the dog when practicing a formal drop on recall. (That is, you run towards the dog after you give the down command). We also mix it up and don't always call a down so they keep up a brisk pace and don't anticipate the down. I use both a hand signal (arm straight up) AND a verbal command so I will need to drop one of those too.

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