What an amazing week!  At Devon Dogs we are celebrating the amazing weather we have had for October!  Sunshine, warm weather and a simply perfect setting for dog training!  What weather did you have and what were your wins this week?  We are continuing to explore the foundation skills you need to grow an amazing agility dog!  We have looked at desire and boundaries and now we will have a look at recall…this is crucial for agility!

To get the most out of your agility training, having a dog that comes straight back to you when you are doing exercises means you can do faster repeats and build your agility skills quicker. How can you make your recall awesome?  Practice makes perfect!  Play games like Name Game where you toss a bit of food away from you for your dog to get, as soon as they have located and eaten the food, use your recall word, when your dog comes to you reward and praise them and repeat this!  Some tips to keep your recall super speedy:

  • If you call your dog and they ignore you, don’t call again, go and get them
  • Use a long line/lead if you think your dog may not respond to your recall, you can then help them with some gentle pressure or you can easily walk up to them and collect them so there is no rehearsing of ignoring your recall
  • Work in easy environments first then build the level of difficulty
  • You want to be able to recall your dog from anything at anytime
  • Keep it interesting and exciting when your dog comes back and recalls well, it is all about the reward experience
  • Do enough recalls to build a solid recall without doing so many your dog gets bored!  3 or maybe 4 recalls is more than enough!
  • FUN, it is all about fun, so keep it exciting and have fun practicing your recall.

A great recall means you also will be more likely to have a superb retrieve!  All important for agility and a skill we will explore next week!

Are you looking to turn your struggles into strengths? 

Do you have a challenge with your dog that you need some help to solve?  Our trainers are here and love to help!  Book a Stay and Train and we would love to meet you! Have a look at our next Stay & Train availability and drop us an email to find out more: contact@devondogs.co.uk

Monday November 15th – Friday November 19th
Friday November 19th – Monday November 22nd
Monday November 22nd – Friday November 26th

Do you follow us on Facebook?  Like our Facebook Page.  What have you been doing out and about with your dog? We would love to see some photos on our Facebook Page!

If you can’t make it to us, we are always running online workshops, keep an eye on the calendar!

Jump Grids Filmed Event and Worskhop (INVITE ONLY)
11 October @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Filmed Pro Dog Trainer Day with Lauren Langman (INVITE ONLY)
12 October @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Focus on fitness – Putting It All Together!
15 October @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Tis the Season for All Things Novel Online Workshop
23 October @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rock Star BOUNDARIES – Online 4 Week Workshop
1 November @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Home Alone (& with Visitors) – Online 4 Week Workshop
1 November @ 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Devon Dogs Christmas has Gone to the Dogs Bake Off
3 December @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Pro Dog Trainer Growth Days plus Zoom Call
3 December @ 10:00 am – 4 December @ 4:00 pm

Reach out to us and stay connected!  We are here to support and help you!

Are you looking for some help with your dog? Are you having struggles? Maybe barking, pulling on lead, jumping on people? Do you need some help? We have a solution for you whether that’s in person or remote. We can help you from pet dog training to the next agility or sports superstar, from search work to gundog… as we say, There’s A Game for That!

Our in person Weekly Classes are ideal if you can come to us regularly: Naughty Dogs, Life Skills, Monthly Classes and Sports Training. Or are you a bit further afield, take a look at our workshops and in person bespoke training packages where we can design a plan just for YOU! Not able to make it to us, we offer Consult Calls and regular Monthly Optimism Top Up calls where we keep you on track and accountable to your goals. Drum roll please our brand new offering is Virtual Online Classes and Groups, something for everyone and food for thought – get EXCITED 🤩