Join Date: Nov 2006
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When Dora was working on her CD we had this issue. Dogs can tell when you are stressed even when you say it in a happy voice. They can read a lot more into your fear than you think, and likely you were nervous about the test- tests make everyone nervous. When I was competing at first, I was completely nervous and we never had issues with the recall. I took a break from competing after Dora NQ'ed twice on the recall and just had fun training and really tried remembering that no matter what, I was going home with the best dog there and she would forgive me if I messed up. Then we went home with placements every time after that!
As to how to prepare for the next time, you take the test. I was told to put a mint in my mouth as this is suppose to cover up ring nerves before you go in for the exam-likely it needs to be gone before the exam. Also when you are training, only use the recall command once. If Bella doesn't come, use a long line and pull her toward you. Are you taking the TDI or Delta Test? If I remember correctly, you are allowed to use it more than once unlikely competing. Always use her name first to grab her attention. So, I always stop, SMILE and then say "Dora, Come."
Good luck and keep us posted!