Recall is a really useful cue, as well as giving you peace of mind and keeping you and your dog safe. We most often think of using recall on walks, but it can also be used around the home, which helps with reinforcement. It’s a tricky command to master – your dog has to want to come back to you more than they want any other distraction on offer, which can be a tall order!
Just like with all training, short, frequent sessions are better. Puppies especially have very short attention spans, and trying to introduce new training for more than 5-10 minutes at a time will just result in frustration for both of you! With puppies it is also important to remember that although you can start with the basics at home, they won’t be able to put their skills to the test in the wider world until a few weeks after they have had their vaccinations.
Starting recall training at home and then building up is actually a really useful way to develop recall training anyway, as the outside world is full of distractions and interesting things! Learning in a calm and controlled environment first will help your dog build up their skills, before they are tested in a more fluid environment.