The Recall as a Foundation Exercise

The Recall as a Foundation Exercise

Article and Photography Credit: Catherine L Zinsky

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The Recall as a Foundation Exercise

Catherine L. Zinsky

To succeed in any of the obedience classes, you must have a reliable recall. The physical definition of a recall in the context of obedience is that the dog reconvene when summoned.  Simply put, this means your dog comes to you when hes called. Every time a dog is coming towards (returning) to the handler, he is in essence performing a recall. The recall is a foundation exercise, meaning it is a principle part of many obedience exercises, embedded in various forms:

  • The Drop on Recall is a Novice Recall with a down thrown in along the way
  • The Broad Jump exercise is a recall over an obstacle
  • After retrieving any item, the dog is required to return it to the handler.  Coming back to the handler is the recall portion of the exercise

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