Recall — if you only teach your dog one thing — make it this

Many dog owners pay little attention to properly training their dog.

While walking in the woods with my rescued dog, Ziggy, my wife and I came across a woman, yelling, frantically, for her dog. The dog, a labradoodle, had disappeared around a bend and then disappeared (this was a densely wooded area).

I asked the lady if the dog had any recall. ‘No’ came the answer, he never comes back and, she had made no real effort to get the dog trained in the recall.

My wife and I helped this lady to find her dog (it eventually returned). However, it was not seen for quite some time — this dog may have run into a road or drowned in the river for all we knew.

I cannot stress enough, the importance of training your dog in the recall — it could save his life…