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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preparation
1 A New Beginning
2 How Dogs Learn
3 Punishment and Reward
4 Practical Training with Rewards
5 All About Proofing
6 Beyond Training
7 Your Dog
8 Are You Ready?
Part 2 Training the Recall
9 Puppy Recall
10 Pre-recall for Older Dogs
11 Basic Recall
12 Proofing with People
13 Proofing with Dogs
14 On Location
15 Putting it all Together
16 Recall for Life
Part 3 Problem Solving
17 Where Did I go Wrong?
18 Out of Control?
19 The Absconder
20 The About Turn Walk
21 The Artful Dodger
22 Using a Training Lead
23 Getting Active with Your Dog
24 The Finish
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About the Author

Pippa Mattinson is the founder of the UK's national gundog graded training scheme, and a director of the Gundog Trust. She has a degree in zoology and a special interest in canine behavior. Pippa has over 30 years' experience training dogs and is the author of the Gundog Club's popular graded training books.


I've no hesitation in recommending Total Recall to anyone setting out on training a puppy for the first time, or even the tenth time. It is a book that is likely both to change attitudes and lead to more sympathetic training, which is no bad thing.

This book explains everything you need to know about the recall, from how and when to effectively reward your dog, to keeping yourself motivated to keep up the training, as well as a series of progressive exercises. Checklists are included at the end of each stage to help you assess whether you are ready to move on to the next. There are troubleshooting sections covering problems such as your dog returning to you but not coming close enough to be caught, and how to detect early warning signings that all is not well with your recall.
Rating 10/10

The book's strength lies in clear, engaging writing and, in particular, in its structured exercises designed to build a recall from scratch.

If you have a dog who doesn't really think you're that important and refuses to come back when called, this is definitely a book for you. The whole publication is focused specifically on recall, in various situations, and has many useful tips on what you need to help train your dog, as well as a section on how dogs learn and what techniques you should avoid using ... It is filled with good simple advice which will make training your dog a lot easier. Definitely recommended...
*Shooting & Conservation Magazine*

This is a detailed reference and guide to canine behaviour and dog training... with the inclusion of a helpful problem-solving section, nothing is left to chance.

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