Jimmy makes a bad joke - Katie fake laughs :)
Recall is arguably the MOST important thing to teach your dog...other than saving children from burning buildings...but if the dog doesn't have a recall then it won't take children back to their parents...lol
Katie has 2 recalls for her dogs - 1 regular, 1 emergency
Jimmy also sometimes struggles with recall with Copper due to his "tunnel vision"; he gets very over stimulated by the environment, but can pretty much leave anything for a ball
Recall is extremely important but can be really complicated.
Start on recall as soon as you get your puppy or dog
What makes a recall decrease in reliability?
Tips if and/or when your dog gets out and you don't have a perfect recall -
DON'T punish your dog when you get to them, they will learn to never come back to you
DON'T chase the dog, it's reinforcing for the dog
DO run backwards, clap your hands, make weird noises, get yummy food and show them you have it, if they're looking at you just lay down on the ground and make strange noises, if your dog like strangers have your neighbor come out and call them, if they like other dogs maybe have another dog come out
DO reward them when you do get to them no matter what, control your emotions so you don't get too upset
If you need to and you're on the right type of street you can definitely stop traffic and ask people to help you
Give the dog treats the whole way back home
If you are really struggling and have tried all of the above tips, we'd recommend hiring a professional trainer to help or decrease your criteria.
We are going to make a comic about Rowan and Copper going on an adventure not giving a shit about where their people are. Havoc will be peer pressured to hang with them and come back to Katie disheveled.