Hi
I have a 7 month old Springador (Lab / Springer cross). I have been training him recall for some time now using a long line (10m) and when he is on this he comes back instantly, even before I have managed to finish the command. However as soon as I take him off the lead, he pays no attention to the command at all, and will run off into the forest / field and return when he feels like it. Can any one offer me any advice ??
Cheers
Ian
Hi I have a 7 month old Springador (Lab / Springer cross). I have been training him recall for some ... forest / field and return when he feels like it. Can any one offer me any advice ?? Cheers Ian

Are you holding the other end? Don't be.
Make the line as long as you need, in order to be able to stomp on the end of it and retrieve your dog when he doesn't come and correct him to where he should be, but don't hold the line.
You want to give him the impression that you can always get to him with a correction. As the days go by without failure, cut off some of the line. After a few weeks, he'll be doing it right on 6" of line.

He doesn't know where the other end is.

Ron Hardin
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