Remembering Recall



Most Pomsky owners will tell you their Pomsky is terrible at recall. This can be true due to Pomskies having that independent Husky trait that we all love.  They are intelligent, independent, loving and Stubborn!!!!

The Pomeranian is also intelligent, independent and loving. Both breeds are easy to train.

I believe using positive based training methods can and will get a decent recall from your dog.  

So your next question is HOW???

Its simple, you need to set your dog up to succeed AND, you need to be the most important and interesting thing in the whole world to your dog!  More important and interesting than the squirrel running up the tree, more important than that other dog and his owner, more interesting than the livestock in the other field or the cat across the very busy road!


Critical Concepts

So many owners start out with good intention and teach their dog how to sit, lay down, roll over and shake paws. This type of training is trick training and I really believe that there are more important things you can teach your pomsky; 

  1. LEAVE You never know when your dog could get into something they shouldn’t.
  2. IMPULSE CONTROL Needed for the high prey drive and independence.
  3. RECALL A must to get your dog back



Teaching your dog leave means that your dog will leave something it shouldn’t have so you don’t need to be chasing your dog round the house or the garden.  

The best way to start is with a rope or tug type toy.  Once your pomsky is thoroughly engaged and your both tugging away, freeze.  Become as still as a statue.  Your pomsky will continue to tug and play with the toy but at some point he will wonder why you have stopped and will look at you and stop pulling too.  At this point you pair this with the word of your choice, Leave, Out, Drop and so on. Chose your word wisely.  Only use this word when you want your pomsky to leave something alone and not touch it. 

Once your dog understands the word you have selected, try this method with a yummy, juicy, meaty bone that is big enough for you to hold one end and your pomsky to get chomping on the other. Once your dog is fully engaged, tell your dog to leave.  This is a high value item and there will be temptation there to continue chomping.  If your dog continues to chew then go back to the tug toy and switch it up to a high value item gradually. 


This is probably the most important thing you could teach your pomsky.  All my pups are started on the very basics of impulse control and I start when they are around 5 weeks of age.  This type of manding can help in so many ways.  It teaches manners and you don’t even need to use your voice.  

Below is the link to Susan Garretrs ‘It’s Yer Choice’ so that you can watch the video and then put it into practice.  Make sure you use this in situations like door manners and food.  By using this training technique, YOUR pomsky will waiting at an open door without bolting in no time.


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