Training Tip Thursday: Building a Reliable Recall – Tip #4
Only recall your dog when you are absolutely certain that he will come to you.
Why? You always want to set your dog up for success. Do not give your dog the chance or option to fail — any time that he ignores and/or chooses not to respond to a command, that command and it’s meaning are devalued.
If you know that your dog would rather chase a squirrel than come to you when called, do not recall him. Either go to him and retrieve him or wait until he has had his fun, has calmed down, and is focused back on you and then recall him. The secret to a reliable recall is successful repetition, so do everything on your end to help your dog succeed.