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If so, I am curious how successful it was. Did you do it on your own, or consult with a book or an expert?<br><br>
I have a 3.5 yo rescue lab, adopted a year ago. The main training issue I have with him is that he is VERY BAD at coming to me when I call him. Because he's a lab (and therefore wants to follow me everywhere, including into the bathroom) he pretty much is fine off the leash until he sees a reason to take off. I try to find opportunities for him to run free - for example, at the beach in the off season, and lots of running around in the woods - and usually he is fine, until something excites him and he decides to ignore me (a squirrel, another dog, a family lying peacefully on a beach blanket that he wants to barrel into with his wet, sandy body).<br><br>
I always have treats with me and reinforce him coming back to me on walks to nibble. He is otherwise very trainable - stops at curbs on the command "wait", etc. But it infuriates me to be screaming at him to COME and he's just running around doing what he darned well pleases. I'm wondering if I could implement a clicker system to make him come back to me when he's off leash.<br><br>
Thoughts? TIA!
 

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I will - thank you!
 

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I like clicker concepts and find they work great for certain things. I think I fail at other aspects of the clicker routine, so it's not a religion for me, but just one tool in a big bag of options. I read articles online- there are tons!
 

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Oh, me, me me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> I trained both my dogs with clicker training. I love clicker training because it's beginner friendly. If you read the articles and study up a bit, you can get started. I trained my dogs to sit, down, stay, heel, greeting manners, and a few fun tricks. The dogs love it. We use a combination of treats, balls, and petting as our rewards. One of my dogs is more food-motivated, so we use a lot of food rewards for her. The other one is very people motivated, so we give him loving for his reward. Also, it's easy to pick back up if you want to train another command or re-shape a command. Recently I started having trouble with one of my dogs wanting to bark at other dogs in our community on walks. We broke out the clicker, "charged" it by clicking and treating about 20 times, and went for a walk. We slowly approached the other dogs on the same sidewalk, and every foot or so she approached without any aggressive posture, she got a click and treat. It worked very well and now, just two weeks later, she can walk next to another dog with barely a look! I'm a huge fan.<br><br><br>
I know it's not perfect for highly specific commands and certain dog sports, but for the average pet owner that wants a obedient dog, I really belive clicker training is wonderful.
 

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We use clicker training for our guy. We started classes when he was about 3 mos. old. It was fun and dd was able to attend class with Zander and I and we both use it with him (she is more consistent than I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) We took puppy kindergarten and basic behaviours plus. We had planned on taking the third class this winter as we hope to use Zander as a therapy dog but I was recently in a car accident so those plans have been put on hold for now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Our guy is awesome on recall which is surprising because he is a sight hound. He knows the click and looks for the treat when he hears the noise.
 

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I personally didn't like clicker training, I dunno, I just didn't like how it felt.<br><br>
But, I would like to say that you should NEVER EVER NEVER let your dog off leash unless they have reliable recall. Because, when you are calling your puppy, and they are not recalling, they are SELF-REWARDING. You call, they don't come, and they get to keep on doing what they think is fun. You are hurting yourself.<br><br>
Good luck on the recall, it's a killer!
 
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