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Restrained Recall to Toy in Hand (Advanced)

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  • jflatten says:

    When doing a restrained recall alone, what do you think about wrapping a long line loosely around a tree or post, getting out in front with the backward pressure, then releasing the dog and the line so that the line easily comes around as the dog chases?

  • says:

    Hi! My dogs do not have a lot of tug drive but after my videos you suggested having tug in hand instead of on the ground and holding with both hands. They are biting the toy when I present it and say “get it” but they seem much less likely to tug. My overly sensitive young dog really struggled with two hands on tug. He would mouth the toy and release frequently. I noticed that if I went to one hand I would get some of the rocking back. I praised him and allowed him to “pull” me. Should I try and only move second hand on to toy when he is pulling back and only leave it there for short period of time? I was using a different toy. He seems to like the nylon material of all the toy handles so I may try just presenting that part for bite area as well, and I can hold the actually toy part if that is the part he rather bite.
    For my oldest dog, Curly, he did great with me having toy in hand. But with two hands on toy or even just one hand on the end of the bite stick instead of on the handle I get a lot more of the stands off. But unlike when the toy was on a longer handle and me holding with one hand where he would eventually start shaking his head, pulling and rocking back, with two hands on toy he just has the stand off, if I apply too much tension he follows me- I am not actually pulling him he just comes with me to release some of the tension. He seems happy to run alongside me as I run holding the toy but that is very tiring for me and not really tugging. LOL. If I hold steady he will let go. If I drop one hand he will start more tugging, pulling back, head trashing. Not sure how to transition to adding second hand or even moving my hand closer to toy and his mouth.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes, some dogs don’t tug as well when you add “pressure” like touching them, looking directly at them, or putting both hands on the toy. You want to slowly add these things, and provide mostly “pressure-free” tugging. For your situation, most of the tugging should be one-handed right now, with praise given for rocking back, and when he is tugging well, put both hands on the toy for just a few seconds, and PRAISE him even if the grip weakens (no praise if he lets go). With practice, he will get better at holding on, and you will praise him for rocking back while you have 2 hands on it. The transition from one hand to hand should be done for just a moment or two, and then you go back to one-handed (where the dog is comfortable). So overall your plan with both dogs is to improve their one-handed tugging while getting a few seconds here and there of two-handed tugging. Our poodle was the exact same way and now tugs comfortably both ways.

  • says:

    Awesome tip to use the lead on restrained recall for a sensitive dog.

  • cynthia says:

    I love how you dramatised at .47 her pulling you with the toy. I bet she LOVES this 🙂

  • Leanne says:

    I don’t know why I’d never considered restrained recalls using a lead. This is a brilliant idea. So often the smaller dogs are not so keen on being restrained and this is a brilliant solution.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      I hope it works for you! Our poodle is quite sensitive to being touched in the field, so we don’t use restraint at the collar or pushbacks on the chest like we do with the other dogs.

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