Recall Games

Why are recall games important?  Why can’t you just give your dog a cookie every time he comes?  Don’t the laws of applied animal behaviour tell us that the equation “recall cue = cookie” should be sufficient to getting a strong and reliable recall?

Well, yes, and no.

What the equation omits is that there is an emotion attached to every behaviour you train.  It’s something I say at least twice a week in my classes:  You are always training an emotion into a behaviour.  What recall games do is help ensure the emotion that is attached to the behaviour of coming when called is a fun and happy one.

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