Recall training guide for wildlife-friendly walks
From Bird Aware Solent’s dog expert Shona
Consistency is key!
Dogs learn much better if we keep everything clear and simple. If you’re using a recall word try and use the same tone of voice every time, if there are multiple people you want to be able to recall your dog consider a whistle as it will sound the same whoever uses it.
Make it rewarding.
You want to be more fun and rewarding than whatever you’re calling them away from, use treats, games, excitement, and no matter how cheeky they’re being, don’t get angry with them or they have a good reason NOT to come back!
Practise makes perfect.
Practise recall and checking in often, not just at the end of the walk, so your dog sees it as a game, rather than a sign they have to go home.