A good recall has been top of the list of skills we want to teach our young Spaniel. We’ve used Pippa Martinson’s Total Recall (nothing to do with Arnie) as a guide. While we haven’t quite managed the rigourous program that she suggests, we have stuck at it.

I was particularly pleased with our girl today, because while walking her she scooted off twice to try and play with other dogs, being a very sociable sort, and both times came back instantly on the whistle. I only wish I’d had an extra special treat with me to reward her with.

While the training for recall perhaps never quite comes to an end it gives me a lot of confidence in her to know she can come away from such an appealing distraction.

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