Fun Friday! Another Week Closer to Christmas!



Hi Y’all!




Today my post is brought to you by Slim Doggy, Emma from MyGBGV Life and To Dog With Love in Fit Dog Friday blog hop!


Yesterday, Storm and Thunder of 2browndawgs did a post on recall.  It started me thinkin’ about how much time my Human spends with me practicing recall. 



I’ve gotten so good at it that I answer to several different commands…


People who hunt retrievers usually have good recall.  Notice I said usually.  People with pets…well…Some people don’t even bother to take their dogs to school!  Could you imagine keepin’ your kid at home and not takin’ him to school or at least joining a home school program? 


(The snow photos are from the Thanksgiving 2013 snow)

The basics and whistle sit and come commands are covered in Training notes and Training Continued (tabbed above).



In the snow photos I’m responding to “bring”. 




Above I’ve stopped on a verbal command and I’m waiting to see what the signal will be…My Human will signal with a hand/arm movement which direction we’re going or if she wants me to “come”. 




If I get too far in front, she’ll call me with a whistle or send an audible signal to my collar. 




Sometimes she calls “back this way”.  That means turn back toward her, but I can snoop and sniff.  In other words, not a “full” recall.



“Far enough” is self explanatory.





“Here” means come to heel and sit. 


Of course, there is “come”…I learned it in beginning and advanced obedience.  I present myself directly in front of my Human.


“Come” usually means “goodies”!  Yum!




All verbal, whistle or collar signals are accompanied by a visible hand signal as soon as I’m looking at my Human. 




Hand signals help us learn verbal.  I suggest giving a hand signal with your pup at the same time you give the verbal.  Later in life they make it easier to understand what you want. 



Remember, we dogs communicate mostly with body language.  It’s the easiest thing for us to learn about you.  But more on that next week. 



 I’m also joining the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by Rascal and Rocco and co-hosted by Jan’s Funny Farm, Basil the Bionic Cat, Barking from the Bayou, and Love is being Owned by a Husky!




Finally, it’s the second Friday of the month, so I’m linking to (This Moment) See Beautiful blog hop hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever.

So let me leave you with these restful scenes from my morning walk.



Have a wonderful weekend!




Y’all come on back!












17 thoughts on “Fun Friday! Another Week Closer to Christmas!

  1. We do a great recall in the yard or in the house, but can't be trusted outside our fenced yard. It is just our nature to hunt and chase critters. Katie goes off leash real well, and Mom's last dog did too, but not Bailie and I. Yes, if Mom really worked hard for a long time, we might cooperate even with a wabbit in sight, but we are satisfied with things the way they are. You are quite impressive, but your breed likes to work for the humans which helps, we are a more independent thinking breed.


  2. my mom said “come” is the command I have to follow without ifs and buts, I agreed and my recall works. sadly not always when she uses just hand signs, but I immediately react on a verbal recall . so my whole kraal knows that Easy has to come home :o)
    Easy Rider


  3. I (Fenris) went to obedience classes when I was a puppy. I was the youngest dog in the class but I was also one of the biggest. I had a good time and learned a lot. Tuiren hasn't been to puppy school, but me and Mommy work together to teach her stuffs. She was already an adult when she came to live with us and didn't like other doggies. But now she does pawesome around other dogs and she has even learned to come when called.


  4. What a wonderful post! A a brilliant array of commands! I am impressed! I'll have to encourage my humans to be more consistent with their hand signals; seems like they try this but don't do it all the time… so I get confused sometimes.

    Lovely photos at the end, too! *wags*


  5. That's a lot of commands, you are a very smart dog, Hawk! Thanks for sharing your advice…since we are just starting out with Luke, we always want new things to try and work on.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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