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Kobe is 10 1/2 months old, we are in CGC classes and he is pretty well behaved. He is usually excited the first few minutes with all the dogs, people, etc but calms down and does his sits, downs and stays fine. He struggles with sitting still when someone walks up to talk to me but after a few tries we usually succeed. The thing we really struggle with is recall. He is fine when on the 20' lead, comes right back but if I take him out in the yard and he runs free I have to trick him to get him to come back. Squat down, act like I see somethig pull out a treat. He will come so I can get him, but just wondering how long it takes them to get it when off a leash.
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It takes time, especially with an older pup. I am sure other more experienced people will chime in but I think that one thing you can do is work on it inside to begin with. Start out with almost always treating, so that he associates returning to you with getting a treat. BUT - I wouldn't make a big show about getting the treat out - he should figure out that he gets rewarded for coming when you call him, not for coming when he sees the treat coming out (if you start this inside, where there are many less distractions than in the yard, he will get it!). Also, it's important to call him, treat/praise him, and then always let him go back to playing, at least at first. NEVER call him to you to do something he doesn't like (getting ready for bathing, being corralled to go inside, etc.). Repeat often, so that he begins to understand that when you call him, he gets rewarded, and it is in no way a negative thing. Then move to the yard (you can also try with a leash on Kobe but without you holding it, so that he feels like he is somewhat 'free' but you can just step on the leash if you need to). And remember, dogs don't generalize; reliable recall in the house or in the yard will NOT mean that he will recall in other situations; once the yard is mastered, you will have to train for other situations. It's a process!!!

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Agree with Heatherk It's a process is right!!! When he is loose in the yard and you need him to come back is not the time to train that type of recall. So when you want him, go get him or play ball (or whatever) and get him. If your recall word will be his name or "come" DON"T USE IT. I use "puppity pup"or something else because I want my recall word to mean "you must come".Tricking him is fine.

SO then to TEACH recall when he is out in the yard which is a different headset than needing him to come in. I work on a long leash or a drag line that you can step on. Your goal is to make this so easy and fun he can't make a mistake. He is loose sniffing around you get his attention or even show the treat and when he starts to come, call him. You continue to practice this with an increase in the distance from him. It seems silly to call him when he is already coming but this is what you want at first. This takes a long time and lots of practice especially when loose and the world is full of distractions!

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