Can you teach an older dog recall?

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With adult dogs, all recall training is easier done using a long line, which is dropped on the ground & dragged behind the dog.

Start all training in a low distraction environment such as your house and/or garden.

Only call your dog to you when you are sure he will come back, or you can bring him back or go to get him.


Training your Husky recall is one of the most important behaviors you can teach.

If your dog reliably comes when called you can call her away from potential danger, keep her from darting off if she slips her leash, or find her in the dark or dense woods.

In addition, some Huskies have strong prey drive.


Use a harness with a long line to walk your dog on during training.

Let them move away from you before using your recall cue, if they ignore you very gently guide them back to you with the long line and reward them once they are with you.

This will prevent your dog getting rewarded by the environment for ignoring you!


When your dog catches up, drop some more food & run away again.

Teach your dog a range in which to stay while walking off leash.

When he's reaching the end of his long line, give a command such as "this way", then stand briefly on the line before immediately changing direction.


Choose a quiet area away from distractions.

Put your dog on a short lead, call his name and give him his preferred reward and plenty of praise as soon as he comes.

(You could also use a whistle, clicker or any other sound that your dog can learn to associate with the word "come" and with treats from you.)


Just like older siblings teach the younger kids both good and bad habits, so too do dogs.

Dogs often mimic the behavior of other Dogs.

In other words, when you bring a puppy into your home with an older dog present, this can greatly reduce the training time.


Begin the training in a quiet, small area.

Let your dog stay involved in whatever activity he is doing prior to the training.

Walk a few steps away from him and use the emergency recall command word and hand signal and pat your leg excitedly.

Make a big deal when he comes over to you and give the high reward treat.


It's easy to teach the "here" behavior.

Just walk along with the dog at heel on lead (leash).

Then stop and quickly walk backward, showing your positive reinforcer, like a treat, and use your recall command.

Use a bridge like "good dog," "yes," or a clicker, and mark the behavior as the dog starts toward you.

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