Your Schnauzer is a smart dog. Teaching her to come when called is something that will not be too difficult, as long as you are willing to put in some patience, practice and consistency.
This article will show you how to teach the basic skill trainers call “recall.” We also offer a method to turn your recall training into a fun game and show you how to “proof” your Schnauzer’s recall so you can count on it in a pinch.
Being able to call your dog away from danger can save her life! However, it can also be a mistake to be overconfident with her recall during the training stage. You should not let your dog off leash around potential hazards like traffic or fast-moving water, just in case.
Plan on practicing recall skills with your Schnauzer over the course of her life to keep it strong in every circumstance. Read on to find out more!
Besides the methods offered in this guide to make sure your Schnauzer learns recall basics, make sure that you follow these tips to make the most of your training and be sure you are keeping your recall command strong:
Remember that training your Schnauzer to come when you call will take lots of patience and practice. Keep your training sessions focused on setting your dog up to succeed, and then rewarding him generously. Use a variety of rewards when training recall, including treats, praise, tugs, a toss of the ball, or access to a favorite toy. Your overall goal is to make coming to you when called always the best choice for your dog.When you are ready to move your training sessions outside, you will want to get a long line. This can be a rope or a leash, but you want it to be at least 25’ in length. This will allow you to put distance between you and your dog while working outside and still being able to retrieve them if necessary for safety and enforcement.