Gazar you absolutely beat me to it! EXACTLY! A dog has to want to come back to you more than he wants to do what he's doing. Here are MY rules to improving recall.gazar said:The one thing I have learned about dogs returning to you, is that they need a reason to come back which is greater than the temptations that await them if they do not. Come to think of it, I guess that goes for people, too.
1. Develop a good habit (him coming when you call) by only calling him when you know he's going to come - like at meal time. You will find that a good habit is a good habit is a good habit. So if he gets into the good habit of coming when you call for his food you're on your way to a good recall.
2. Do not repeat your commands. Come becomes comecomecomecomeheredamitdogcomegoddamit.
3. Never punish a dog when he comes to you. Always reward a good recall. Even if your dog has done a horrible thing if you punish him when he comes to you you're punishing the recall.
Now I've learned this from having SIGHTHOUNDS for years. Sighthounds are ESPECIALLY not interested in coming when called in the field.