The Zone of Control and supervision

Discussion in 'Dog Training: Principle and Practice' started by Madeline, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Madeline

    Madeline Registered Users

    Nov 26, 2020
    Hello, just read Total Recall and I'm looking forward to getting started. There are a couple of things I wasn't sure about so I want to clarify them before I do.

    Rey has a very strong hunting/prey drive and is decent with recall other than when she is off on a really exciting smell trail or chasing (or thinking about chasing!) an animal. Obviously this is still a big problem, so I'm hoping I can work on control with the Total Recall training. I think managed walks are going to have to be part of that given her prey drive, so I want to make sure I get that part right.

    Simplest first, can anyone give me guidance on deciding what is a reasonably sized zone of control? Should it be (roughly) the radius of a training lead, or bigger, or smaller? How can I decide what is a good sized zone of control for my dog? I want her to be able to chase balls for example a decent way, but of course I can't do that if my zone of control is only 30 feet in any direction.

    Second, in the Total Recall book Pippa suggests that for a dog that has a strong hunting instinct a level of supervision will be needed on walks. I think she means throughout the dog's life, not just while retraining recall but I am not totally sure? What would this look like? Does it mean that Rey must be on the lead anywhere I expect to come across rabbits/deer etc throughout her life, or just that she must stay within my 'zone of control' at all times, and I will (hopefully) be able to teach her to stay under control within the zone if she sees something?

    I would love one day to be able to have her off lead and exploring around without fearing that I will lose control of her. I am willing to contemplate that this may never be possible, I just want to know what to expect so I can work towards it and focus on getting there.

    Hope my questions make sense, thanks for your help in advance!

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