Getting Dexter back on track with training: Recall: Cued from dogs from people This has taken a nose dive in the last couple of weeks as Dexter returns only after saying a friendly hello to other dogs, which isn't always appreciated by the dogs and owners and definitely not by me as he is going to end up doing it to the wrong dog at some point and i want total recall. Step one for me - re-read Total Recall to find out where I went wrong, well actually I know where I failed. It was when he got really interested in playing with a ball or ball and chucker. I thought he was being attentive to me but in reality I think the attention was for the ball or chucker. He now ignores me if he sees a ball or chucker and runs to sit to attention in front of the person and on occasion has jumped up if they ignore his attentive gaze. Not quite sure how to start on this at the moment, except that whenever I see the potential before Dexter, I clip him back on lead and get him interested in something with me and get more distance between us and the other person. I have failed a few times now and have arms that are growing in length!!!! (Edited after @JulieT posted, I definitely had not separated the two out: To teach a cue or default behaviour so that Dexter doesn't run off to say hi or interrupt other dogs and owners games until permission gained. Hum, need to get reading) Self Control: Cued & un-cued with food with balls with chucker with ball & chucker To help remedy the above problem I have increased fun activities at home. At this stage we are working in the dining room, which is my first training ground for any new or increasingly difficult stage we are working on. I must stop moving forward too quickly, often adding one more thing when everything seems to be going so well. The trouble is, that one thing when I go back and evaluate it is actually more than the next small step. I write out a plan but in trying to get that perfect, I miss out stuff in between, it’s too brief, I work better by writing it out like a story. So I’m going to stop trying to have the perfectly written out training plan and use my own way of writing it which is probably long winded but hopefully reads well to me and perhaps others. My grammar is awful my spelling even worse but hopefully, I’ll learn as I go to make it understandable. I am as far as I know at the moment, going to work through each of the above categories in turn, I have already started with low value food rewards and getting Dexter to ignore these whilst he is asked to do something else. Oops, there I go, I missed out that I first started with him ignoring a treat in my closed hand and giving me eye contact, just a glimmer to start and built up to a nice calm look into my eyes, then my open hand, then on the floor. Then I built this up in stages to leave the treat to go to his place before getting the treat. Then built upon that to go from his place, past the treat to his bed before getting the treat or another treat or two from me before I gave him the one he left. He’s quite a star with this now but he did find it hard and sometimes has to take a look at the treat as he walks slowly by. Now this is where I believe I made my first mistake with this, I moved up a level to more treats on the floor, when Dexter still sometimes looked at the one treat on the floor but not always, he was gaining pace at walking past. Perhaps I should have sometimes given a higher value treat as his reward and not just extra of the same?? I’m only talking of his food ration kibble here as that’s what I’ve been working with. Thank you @JulieT for the video you shared of Charlie walking through a corridor of balls and dummies, excellent. That’s my goal for Dexter as I can now see that I can’t expect him to ignore thrown objects in an exciting environment if he can’t ignore them laying on the floor first. Again, I knew this but was way ahead of myself yet again. I think I need a leash myself to rein me in. That’s where hopefully all you lovely people on this forum can help me, please. I’m going to try really really hard to update with my successes and downfalls as by writing it all out helps me to see where I'm going right, wrong, on the right path but need to step back a bit or move forward a tad. PLEASE DO FEEL FREE TO REIN ME IN WHEN YOU CAN SEE WHAT I CAN NOT. My first of many questions is: Do I continue with just the food for now or do I start with the ball now (whoops, stop what I have started with the ball) until we are more advanced with the food i.e. leaving prawns/smoked salmon?