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Establishing a reliable recall is at the top of the wish-list for many dog owners, and also tops the list of requests for ‘remedial’ training support.

Recall is by far the most important behaviour we can teach our dogs, as it’s a lifesaver. It doesn’t have to be frustrating – it can be fun! Let’s build that recall and add in some distractions so that your dog starts turning on a dime when they hear their recall cue being called!  

It is very common for a once reliable puppy recall to start faltering when our young dog isn’t so reliant on our proximity to feel safe and doesn’t find it quite so much fun to chase us around anymore.

How this course can help


The Recall Stars course will lead you and your dog through a structured recall training program, designed to help you establish a strong basic recall cue, and to ‘proof’ your dog’s response to that recall cue around commonly-occurring and commonly-rewarding distractions such as other people and dogs.


Through this course you will learn how to:


  • Teach your dog a basic recall cue (if your dog has already learnt to ignore an existing cue you will be establishing a new one during this course)

  • Use a recall whistle

  • Encourage your dog to offer you greater focus and attention

  • Build your value as a highly-rewarding feature of your dog’s environment through a variety of fun recall (and related) games

  • Set your dog up for recall success by learning how to layer training steps when recalling away from different types of everyday distractions in life situations

  • Identify when your dog is likely to make a mistake and what you can do to change the situation to enable them to be successful

  • Respond positively when a recall attempt is unsuccessful

  • Establish release cues that let your dog know when and what they are free to go and do

  • Use a recall training line correctly and effectively

  • Vary the type and frequency of rewards given to your dog to help promote successful recall at different stages of training

  • Emergency Stop/Down

  • Avoid training mistakes that can weaken your dog’s recall

What this course will not do


It is outside of the scope of this course to ‘proof’ your dog’s recall in every situation that they may encounter, therefore your dog’s recall may still be unreliable in any situations in which you have not previously practiced recall responsiveness during your training sessions (in and out of class) with your dog.


Equally, if your dog has a strong predatory chase drive, or runs away in response to being frightened, then your chances of recalling them successfully are likely to be significantly diminished, because your dog’s physical and emotional arousal will be driving them to move towards something other than you e.g. a prey target or a safe haven. A different, individually-tailored training and management plan is required for individuals demonstrating these behaviours to prevent them running into danger.

While training & proofing a recall is an ongoing process, these classes will give you and your dog the necessary skills.

All our classes are run outdoors in realistic situations so that you and your dog learn together and can apply what you learn to your daily routine with some distractions.

Workshop Details:

  • 4 HRS, 2 DAYS (Saturday's) group class held at K9 Services NZ training location in Helensville, Auckland.

  • Small groups (Max 8) so you and your dog get quality time with our training team.

  • Includes plenty of breaks to rest you and your dog throughout the session


  • Dogs must be people/dog friendly 

  • At least 3 Vaccinations + 1 week, suitable for puppies from 16 weeks and fully vaccinated.


Please Bring to the workshop:​

  • Bed/mat (we recommend a raised bed)

  • A harness and flat collar, longline (if you have one)

  • Tug toys

  • Small soft training treats, this includes kibble plus higher value treats superior chunky, possyum, sausage, or chicken.


$250.00 per dog/handler team (includes whistle)

Class sizes of 8 dogs max

  • We recommend social distancing of 3-5 meters 

  • Please bring your own toys/treats to the class

  • Please bring water/bowl for your dog

  • Families and children are welcome to come together

**This class is not suitable for leash reactive/aggressive dogs to dog/people, please contact us if you require help with this with private 1:1 sessions.

Refund policy

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation is received at least 14 working days prior to commencement and any refund or transfer is at the sole discretion of K9 Services NZ Ltd. Group classes/Workshops are run on a fixed schedule therefore if you miss a class unfortunately K9 Services NZ Ltd cannot offer a make up classes.


Recall Stars

If your answer to any of the following questions is ‘yes’, then this may be the course for you!

  • Does your dog ignore you as soon as you take them outside for a walk?


  • Your dog recalls perfectly when there isn’t too much else going on, but ignores your requests to come back in favour of playing with other dogs, saying hello to strangers, or other distractions.


  • Do you have to call / whistle to your dog more than once before they come back to you?


  • Is your dog reluctant to let you reattach their lead at the end of a walk? Perhaps they dodge away from you or struggle when you hold their collar / harness.

  • Or maybe you are in the early stages of recall training with a new puppy, and want to establish a strong basic recall and avoid recall breakdown around a range of common distractions from the start?


Recall Stars Class

17th  & 27th Jan 2024


Recall Stars Class

17th & 24th Feb 2024

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