Springer Spaniel Recall - what recall?


Hi Meet 6 month old Charlie (the liver & white one not the blonde one!)- gorgeous but a little bugger.


We're his 4th home in 4 months so all the training's been down to us & we are inexperienced. He'll now sit,lie down & leave to command at home but once outside......... yeh lousy recall.

I have a 30ft training lead & am investing in a whistle but what irrestible treats can I use - more E numbers & artifical stuff will only make my mad box of frogs worse and his attention span is so short. Does anyone know of an ESS trainer in the Wakefield area who can help me? He's a defiant little dog who's too precious to lose through bad recall. I want to do what's best for him & I'm damned if he's going to have a 5th home Please help.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels

Try Cheese, my springers love it. Also a huge amount of excited praise when he gets it right, do not tell him off when he doesn't.


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Nov 10, 2011
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FINDING A TRAINER NEW
by: Casey's Mom

A couple of months ago, Dog Fancy magazine published a resource list for finding a trainer. When I was trying to find a trainer in my area, I found 2 of them particularly helpful:

Association of Pet Dog Trainers: www.apdt.com

International Association of Canine Professionals: www.dogpro.org

Nov 10, 2011
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springer NEW
by: Anonymous

back to basics ,click and trick ,lots of praise and a handy bag of liver cake treats (which are very easy to make and freeze..if you pop on the springer rescue site for your area ,or even by recommendation you should be able to find some one..dont give up ,your dog has been pushed from pillar to post and is still a baby in that sense...

Nov 09, 2011
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Been there with my young Springer NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem when I was training my young Springer. She found being off leash in the park much more interesting than coming to me for a treat when called. After a LOT of training, so I was sure that she understood the concept of "come," my trainer suggested using a remote control citronella collar on her. We went to the park and I let her run, I called her, and when she didn't come, she got a quick misting of citronella. My only regret is not having a camera when it happened. She elevated a good three feet in the air and her eyes looked like one of those cartoons after the character has eatten hot sauce, and in an instant she was running to me. I put the collar on her a couple times right after that, but never had to use the spray her again. She knew what it could do. She was being nasty to my friends' dogs when they came to visit, so I set the spray collar on the kitchen counter and she had an immediate attitude adjustment. It may not work for your dog, but may be worth a try and the couple hundred bucks to buy the collar. After we had our recall down solid, my dog went on to win several obedience, rally and agility titles. Best of luck to you, and hang in there.

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Keep At It! NEW
by: Anonymous

My two springers love just about anything, but dehydrated liver treats hold a special place in their hearts. There are loads of techniques for recall and, at least w/my 13 historical dogs, this is one of the hardest commands to ensure when distractions are present. "Jackpot" your puppy, when he does respond. Some good puppy training books are out there, such as anything by Ian Dunbar, or "My Smart Puppy" by Brian Kilcommens and Sarah Wilson. Give the little guy time. He needs his brain to settle in and to begin to understand what you want from him. He's still a young dog and springers have insatiable curiosity. Good luck!

Nov 09, 2011
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Hot dogs and tennis balls NEW
by: Carrie

All our dogs love hot dog sausages. I cut them into thin slices and bag them in small portions, pop them in the freezer and grab a bag on the way out.

As a breeder of Springers I would say he is still very young and at that teenager stage which is a testing age. He will calm down as he gets older, trust me :o)

Another thing I would say is get him interested in a tennis ball as they will recall naturally when they bring it back. Don't let him have it to play with at home when you're not training him, as this means a walk is fun time and he also won't then get MEGA obsessed.

Atm I have 3 Springers, 2 aged 11 months and one aged 4 years and they are all tennis ball obsessed when out; it makes walking them off lead a breeze; 2 of them I can walk anywhere without a lead, the third isn't quite so good but getting there, so I only walk her well away from traffic at the moment.
Hope that helps and good luck, he looks a gorgeous boy!!

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hope this helps
by: tony

Try making a game of hiding from him but keep him in sight that worked with my sammy when I first got him

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