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    Default Any tips for teaching recall to an extremely stubborn pup?

    So we've put Bosco through training and he seems to have picked up every command we've taught him, but we're having major problems with his recall. If we're at home and practicing "come" and "stay" - he'll do it just fine for the most part (particularly when there's a treat or kibble involved).

    However, when we're outdoors and he's off leash - whether there's a treat involved or not - he will never come back to us! This is really problematic when we take him to the dog park..he usually runs amok and does as he pleases until he is tired enough that we can catch up to him and grab a hold of him.

    We've practiced recall for countless hours and read everything online about how to make it work..but this bully is just so stubborn! Does anyone have any tips??

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    Default Re: Any tips for teaching recall to an extremely stubborn pup?

    Start from back yard , then quiet corner in the park with a little distractions and gradually increase them
    In the home environment there are not many distractions (new sounds ,smells,things ,people and animals). So it is easier
    as possible-we used 10ft leash to train ours
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    Default Re: Any tips for teaching recall to an extremely stubborn pup?

    I have always had horses. There is a training line for a horse called a "longe line". They are usually about 20 feet long. You could buy one at a feed store-(like a Tractor Supply type store) and use that to train him. It is long enough for him to get a distance away-but still under your control. Practice ,as Pati said, where there are no distractions-if he comes-give a GREAT treat-and praise. Start with the line short-and each time he comes-then you can let the line out a little more. If he learns-then try the same thing at the park. Don't forget LOTS of praise-AND yummy special treat-ONLY for these lessons. Something BETTER than his everyday treats! I think the longe line would be longer and cheaper than getting a "training" line at a pet store! Hope this can help you!
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    Default Re: Any tips for teaching recall to an extremely stubborn pup?

    I'm gonna be honest- no matter what we did, how many treats and praise we offered, Blue wouldn't come to us on his own until he was about 8-9 months old. So if nothing works, remember that it does change as they get older.


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    Agee with all the above.... Practice and lots of patience will eventually pay off
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