Using a position box to improve recall

Using a position box to improve recall

Recall in dog training refers to the ability of a dog to come to their owner when called, regardless of the situation or environment they are in.

It is an important life skill as can prevent accidents and keep your dog safe. Plus allows you both to enjoy off-lead time.

Training a reliable recall involves teaching your dog to associate coming to you with positive experiences, checkout our free resource for tips on getting started:


Using a position box can be a helpful tool to train recall in your dog:

Position boxes (also referred to as Position boxes, dog training boxes, shaping boxes or obedience boxes) can be used as a tool to improve recall in dog training because they provide a designated and recognisable target for your dog to come to. By training your dog to associate the position box with positive experiences, such as treats and praise, you can use the box as a way to improve their recall in different environments and situations.

For example: To teach a dog that recall means come right back to the handler and avoid a dog that returns but dances just out of reach, you can put a position box by your feet paired with calling your dog back to you. Now they are running back to a target right in front of you.

By using a position box as a target, you can help your dog focus on a specific location and improve their recall in different environments and situations.

The training process involves gradually increasing the distance and distractions while rewarding your dog for responding to the recall command promptly.


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About the author: Hi 👋 I’m Emma, accredited as a professional dog trainer by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I help owners of energetic dogs achieve the dog-owning life they envisioned by providing robust obedience & agility training for dogs across my two venues in Balsham and Barton, near Cambridge.

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