Is a secure dog field a good place to practise recall ?

Using a secure field for recall training 

When it comes to training any dog who has poor recall ,it makes sense that this should be done where the dog does not have the opportunity to run off and come to harm .

A secure dog field provides a controlled environment where you can train your dog off the lead without the worry of them running away, creating a nuisance to members of the public or other dogs.It will also give you peace of mind while working on their recall skills which will make training more rewarding for both you and your dog.

A secure field will also minimise the need for a long line and give plenty of room to allow the dog to relax . Many fields have the facility to drive your car into the secure area before letting the dog out which adds another level of safety which would be missing in a public place.

Distraction management:

In a secure dog field, you have more control over the level of distractions present. You can gradually introduce distractions, such as toys, other dogs, or people, to help your dog learn to focus on you and respond to the recall command even in the presence of distractions.

Space for practice:

A dog field usually offers ample space for your dog to roam and explore. This allows you to practice recalls from varying distances, gradually increasing the distance over time as your dog becomes more reliable.

Positive reinforcement:

You can use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, praise, and playtime effectively in a secure dog field. The absence of external risks allows you to focus on rewarding your dog for coming when called, reinforcing their recall behavior.

Controlled training sessions:

Training in a secure dog field provides a controlled setting where you can set up specific training sessions dedicated to improving recall. This consistency and focused practice can greatly benefit your dog’s learning.

Freedom of movement:

In a secure dog field, you can give your dog more freedom to move around and explore, which can enhance their motivation to come to you when called. The absence of a lead gives your dog a sense of freedom while still providing a level of control.

Confidence building:

Training in a secure dog field can help build your dog’s confidence in responding to the recall command. With successful repetitions and positive reinforcement in a safe environment, your dog will gain trust and become more reliable in their recall response.

However, it’s important to note that while a secure dog field is an ideal place for training, it’s still essential to gradually increase the level of distractions and practice recall in different environments to ensure your dog’s recall skills generalize to real-life situations.

Always seek help from a qualified trainer who can give more specific advice and why not arrange to meet at the local field where the training can be delivered.

Advice is also available from the following sites:

Dogs Trust

Article and video from the team at the Dogs Trust Dog School.

The Kennel Club

Advice from The Kennel Club in how to get started in training recall 

Battersea Dogs Home

Find helpful tips and a video from Sarah who is a canine behaviour and training advisor  at Battersea  .