This past week the Ginger Sisters started Recall Preschool on our wonderful 50 foot long line from local company Bold Lead Designs. I have to take moment to describe how much I love these lines, which don't tangle or collect dirt and are comfortable to hold. No more cotton knots and scuffed up hands! They are also well made with quality hardware that I trust to secure my little flight risk.
Ruby and Boca had very different training sessions. Ruby's looked suspiciously like a play session with her Frisbee, but I made it very rewarding for her to come my way with tugging and of course, throwing the disc again. Ruby will often not take treats outside, so I have to find another way to make myself interesting. Play is so effective as a motivator and reward that Ruby was able to ignore a boy riding a bike around the nearby basketball court. Because getting to run is such a novel thing for Ruby, we are going to have to build our way to more focused sessions. For now, fun is the name of our game! Here she is thoroughly dispatching her flying disc:
Boca is what you'd call too food motivated. The first time we went out, she watched me fill the treat bag and would not go more than two feet from me. I was able to put her in sit-stay and down-stay to practice recall but really wanted to try a more organic situation, like calling her back while she was wandering around on her own. Today I was smarter and stealthier about the treats, sneaking some less smelly ones into my pocket and not giving her any right away. She went off on her own and I rewarded her for coming back to check in with me. I also threw the flying disc for her a few times, which she enjoyed. Then we did a little more formal work with sit-stay and recall. This is from the blooper reel:
Boca did tend to stay close to me, but if she was busy smelling something or even later during our session when she was tired, she decided she would rather just stay where she was.I learned that even my easy dog has a long way to go before her recall is dependable, and it's no wonder since we rarely practice. Now that the weather is warming up and I have this super piece of gear, I plan to change that. The Ginger Sisters will both benefit from regular long line recall training. The last video is a really nice example of one of my successful tries with Boca - isn't she cute?
This post is part of the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, hosted by Cascadian Nomads,Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days. This month's theme is Recall and the next hop begins on April 4th. The April theme will be training for safety/emergencies for National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. The hop happens on the first Monday of every month, and is open for a full week - please join us in spreading the word about the rewards of positive training!