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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Long Distance Recall!

Hey! Have any of you guys been working with the Susan Garrett Recall stuff? We didn't sign up for the full course, but we signed up for the free videos (I think there's a time limit on them until March 29th, today). Interesting info...

So here is one of my recalls from the pasture...we've been doing them pretty much every day for the last month from a sit stay (which is way different than recalling on the run). I do these very reliablly, only once in months have I broken my stay. And even doing that and veering up the ridge, I changed my mind and came back to Mum in mid run. I'm sure not going to need to click here with this great exercise, BOL! It's keeping me really slim and much more flexible in my back and tummy muscles.


So Mum's been working with me just a little differently after watching SG's stuff. (she's taken lots of notes from the videos and wants to work on it more when we have more time). She's been running with my recall, playing with me even more when I reach her, and rewarding with the food a little later. And guess what? Mum pulled me off going after a squirrel the other day! Can you believe that? She couldn't....

But I'm fairly easy when it comes to this stuff...Gracie, my sis, on the other hand has a lot of recall 'issues' as we say! So we are excited to take those notes Mum made and start working on them...

Mum has tried a ton of things to help Gracie with her 'run off' issues, in the pasture, on the agility course. Funny thing...when we started making a list of Gracie's reinforcers or 'cookies,' (as SG suggests) the first things on her list were other dogs, deer, and squirrels. Those are pretty big hurdles to get over, especially when there's just Mum, and no one to help with the restrained recall, (even though SG outlines one thing you can do if you don't have anyone to help, but only at a very short distance). The third video SG had didn't really give any ideas on what to do with major distractions, guess you have to buy SG's full program.

Mum transfered the restrained part with me with my good sit stay, I guess. That started way, way back at one year old when we started doing some of these long distance recalls, long before we saw the SG stuff. Worked with me...not sure it would work with Gracie, but we could try it with short distances at first...hmmmm...it's either that or we may have to wait till we can enlist someone to help us, which could be a long time!

So are you guys trying this SG stuff too? Do you have a good recall? What have you been doing with major distractions and has it worked? Curious...

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