In this example we will use lack of recall. Your dog knows it name and will respond very well when he/she decides they want to.
All our dog’s behaviours can be changed by helping them to become more responsive to us. In order for our dogs to become more responsive to us, we just need a little understanding as to how our dogs see our world.
Understanding dogs is a lot more simple that you think. They have a default setting of Relaxed and Responsive. When we do nothing all, that is how they are.
If in doubt, remember the 2 R’s!
Before you do any kind of training, behaviour manipulation or socialising with them remember their natural state is Relaxed and Responsive. That’s often all we are trying to achieve and we don’t actually have to do anything at all to achieve this.
Going to back to our example, imagine you are out at the park and your dog is no longer responding. It seems like one minute they are responsive and the next they are not. At this point it is worth recognising that you dog is no longer in it’s natural state of Relaxed and Responsive it is now in a state of panic and thinking it needs to make it’s own decisions and deal with whatever is going on around them. Something like another dog, birds, other people, bikes, buggies, small children, joggers the list goes on!
This is not the point to start training them. At this point they are not listening at all. All your efforts are likely to be in vain. Do whatever you can to get your dog back on a lead, in the car or back home. Keep your dog safe.
Next time you are out, keep remembering the 2 R’s and look for signs that your dog is moving out of it’s default state.
Practicing recall when your dog is in its Relaxed and Responsive state is a lot more fun and rewarding for both you and your dog.
Julie’s tip: If you are struggling with recall your dog is way more likely to be in this lovely Relaxed and Responsive state of mind when they are at home. That’s a great place to start.
Peaceful paws always.