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Total Recall: Perfect Response Training for Puppies and Adult Dogs Paperback – December 1, 2012
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'I've no hesitation in recommending Total Recall to anyone setting out on training a puppy for the first time, or even the tenth time. It is a book that is likely both to change attitudes and lead to more sympathetic training, which is no bad thing.' Shooting Times; 'This book explains everything you need to know about the recall, from how and when to effectively reward your dog, to keeping yourself motivated to keep up the training, as well as a series of progressive exercises. Checklists are included at the end of each stage to help you assess whether you are ready to move on to the next. There are troubleshooting sections covering problems such as your dog returning to you but not coming close enough to be caught, and how to detect early warning signings that all is not well with your recall.' Rating 10/10 Your Dog; 'This is a detailed reference and guide to canine behaviour and dog training... with the inclusion of a helpful problem-solving section, nothing is left to chance.' Fieldsports; 'The book's strength lies in clear, engaging writing and, in particular, in its structured exercises designed to build a recall from scratch'. Dogs Today
About the Author
Pippa Mattinson is the founder of the UK's national gundog graded training scheme, and a director of the Gundog Trust. She has a degree in zoology and a special interest in canine behavior. Pippa has over 30 years' experience training dogs and is the author of the Gundog Club's popular graded training books.
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Firstly, this is not an everything dog training book. This is specifically for training recall or the "come" command.
We recently got a new puppy. While, I have trained several of my own dogs over the last 25 years I needed a refresher course. I got this book because of its total focus on recall or "come". Recalling your dog could be considered the most important command your dog needs to know, and many dogs simply don't do it reliably. Especially if they are happy sniffing at something or distracted in any way.
I took her recommendation of using the whistle because kids and visitors contaminate the "come" by using it inappropriately and not controlling the outcome or consequences. As she says we can teach her come when she is older and after recall to the whistle is fully and totally proofed (if you don't know that term- she explains it perfectly in the book.
With so much conflicting information about dog training these days in magazines, on the internet and on TV, it is so refreshing to be able to have a huge amount of sensible and carefully thought out advice in one volume. This book should become the standard to which all other such books will be compared.
I love my dog to bits, and he is fairly well balanced, but Total Recall has already proved useful. All I need to do now is teach him to read...
Total Recall is a dog training book that helps you build just one command: the recall. A third is about the how dogs learn and some common misconceptions and how they affect the recall command which is a bit trickier because the dog is away and you can't really correct any mistakes easily. The meat of the book is about the actual structured training with step-by-step exercises and there are a couple of troubleshooting chapters. It's a very easy read and you'll even get a couple of laughs on your way to an almost perfect recall!
Some of the comments mention whistle training. Pippa Mattinson has a whole subchapter about whistles. First, she recommends Acme whistles with a 210.5 or 211.5 pitch because they are inexpensive and they are guaranteed to sound the same so you can replace them easily. Second, the whistle sound carries well over distance and third, the whistle sound is neutral and the dog can't really tell if you're annoyed.
Incidentally the recommended whistle has rather low reviews on Amazon but it's just because people expect that whistle to be silent. It's not and, if you blow it hard enough, it can be very loud. Acme is a British brand and a lot British-type dog trainers use those Acme whistles. However, this does not mean this is a book about whistle training. You can replace the whistle with a different sound but you might not be as successful.
One last piece of advice: read the book a number of times before starting the training. There are some tiny gems that you can't really pick up initially, like splitting the daily walk into segments (5 minutes free running, 5 minutes training, 5 minutes heeling, then 5 minutes running and so on). You'll get more interactions with your dog and he'll learn to appreciate you more than the neighbor's dog.
Excellent book, highly recommended.