I’m really stoked by how dog trainer Leslie Nelson gets dogs to come when called — reliably! Her methods have saved some lives already and I’m sure will save a lot more. I wrote an article for the site called Teach Your Dog a Really Reliable Recall.
Here’s her DVD:
You can use her methods with a dog of any age, with any established habits. It will take more time in some cases, but it’s really worth the trouble. Poignantly, a couple of days after I did those pages, I was surfing the net, for once not even with dogs on my mind, when I came across a sad blog entry in Australia, by a woman whose dog had been killed by a car a few days before. I can’t even type this without tears coming to my eyes. Our dogs are so precious, they give us so much! Here is something we can do to make their lives safer.
But here is a much happier outcome,in a story about one of our dogs:
When our Basenji Sunbeam was a puppy, we were out walking in the city we lived in at the time, Olympia, Washington. It was near rush hour and as we approached a very busy street, she wiggled out of her collar. (This was before we realized what an escape artist she was.) Fortunately we had just taught her to come, and she did come immediately! Of course she got rewarded with a treat and lots of love. The methods that Leslie Nelson teaches are even better that what we used that day. Whew!