The Devon Dogs Secret to a Really Reliable Recall – Part Three


In last month’s blog at Devon Dogs we discussed the issue about Disengagement. This time around we’ll be taking a look at IMPULSE CONTROL. So, what exactly is impulse control? It’s a word that gets used a lot in dog training! An impulse is an urge, a desire.  What does your dog naturally desire? What do they absolutely love? What does your dog struggle to be around? That’s the impulse!

There are lots of training games that we can practice with our dogs to perfect the art of impulse control, but here’s the thing, whatever you use in your training session to manipulate that impulse control has GOT to be something your dog 100% wants and truly desires.

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The problem we see is that the control element of impulse control training is asked for way too soon and way too much! Lauren Langman (head trainer at Devon Dogs) often says that to achieve true impulse control success you have got to have the pulse! Meaning that the dog needs to really, really want what you are using.  So how do we make our dogs crazy about something that is practical to use and is suitable in everyday life?

  1. Choose something your dog does like, desire can be built for it, but to start off, whatever you are using needs to be something your dog finds rewarding.
  2. Build the sessions from the ground up. Take the time to create the chaos before looking at getting the organisation! Look at impulse control as exactly that: ORGANISED CHAOS!! Stick to short, high energy sessions! Feel the energy, create that energy! ENERGY UP!
  3. Observe what your dog is showing you. Whether on food or a toy or a toy on the end of a lunging whip.
    • Are you struggling to hold your dog with what you are using?
    • Is your dog going crazy?
    • Are their eyes bulging/pupils dilated?
    • Are they fighting you to be let go?
    • If you are using a toy on the end of a whip – are they chasing it like they really mean it?
    • Is their head and body low and in true chase mode? Is their nose right on the tip of the toy? Are they REALLY going for it?

Until you have ALL of these elements, don’t add any type of control! We really mean it! Don’t train safe as it won’t stack up in real life. In the meantime, if you would like our help with your recall struggles, we are offering several online learning experience opportunities for our students, as well as our 121 training.

You may also want to take advantage of a Training Consult Call with one of our trainers whilst visiting us is not possible. To learn more, visit our website, email us on [email protected], or call us directly on (07717) 696623 we are happy to assist you and help you with all your training needs.