How to Train Your Dog For the Hiking Trail

Recall training tips for the great outdoors

Dear Bark: I’m excited about taking my new dog, a pointer mix, for long trail hikes. She has pretty good recall at the fenced-in dog park, but what are the best tips for getting her to be reliable in the great outdoors, including recall and not chasing or interfering with wildlife? Thanks for any help you can give us.

It sounds like her recall is already well on its way to being solid in at least one tough context (the dog park), and that’s great. The better you can get her recall, the more freedom she can enjoy on those hikes, so I’m glad you are focused on this training goal.

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