Recall suddenly gone

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Dora26 Fri 24-Apr-20 20:15:41

Have my adorable springer nearly 2 yrs - she is 4. From the get go she was really eager to please and great at recall. Help - in the ladt week its faded to practically zero to the extent that on our previously much needed free runnning areas of our daily walk, i now have to leash her - absolutely no reaction to my calling like a loon. It will be so frustrating to have to confine her to leash but I don’t know what else to do - any wise words or insight welcome please

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PragmaticWench Fri 24-Apr-20 21:27:27

Can you play more mind games with her at home, really strengthen her view of you as the source of fun? It might transfer to out on a walk.

WeAllHaveWings Sat 25-Apr-20 11:45:58

Recall is a skill you never stop training. All it takes is a couple of times where she recalls and gets admonished or doesn't see the benefit/reward and it disappears.

billybagpuss Sat 25-Apr-20 15:13:32

Same problem here, we’ve been using a secure dog field since lockdown began as it was ridiculous trying to walk a dog reactive to runners and cyclists around our very popular canal path. Earlier this week we took her back to our previous favourite walk a short drive away, let her off and lockdown has clearly been good to the skylarks
She spent half an hour chasing them completely ignoring us. Eventually stopped for a rest and it still took us a while to get her back on the lead. Today I put her back on the longline. Hopefully it will be better when all the spring animals calm down a bit

Ocre373 Sat 25-Apr-20 16:04:31

We’re going through the same thing. Our pup is 8 months old so I believe it’s to be expected at this age, feeling deflated at having to dust off the long line though.

Dora26 Sat 25-Apr-20 20:24:46

Yaaaay - thanks so much - you hit the nail on the head - had been v cross with her a couple of times I had to go fetch her. So today I set out with a pocketful of kibble and we built up recall again using loads of praise and treats. Bless her she was wary of me at first - which broke my heart but just proved the point. Lovely walk - thank you so much for your insight! By the way it was my fault i was originally so cross - mum in nursing home and I cannot visit.

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Dora26 Sat 25-Apr-20 20:27:16

That thank you was directed at Weallhave wings - new to this replying

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