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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.
It is required reading for my new trainers.