Re-reading Control Unleashed put me in a training mood. Considering her "default" behaviours got me thinking. So today, when Perry and I went walking in the hayfield, I decided to experiment. It didn't take him long to figure out that if I was standing still rather than walking, it was a cue. The first time he came back to check me out, I watched him and waited until he offered a sit and eye contact. I gave him a reward. Rinse, repeat. By the end of 15 minutes, I had a dog that would race back to me any time I wasn't moving. I won't say that is going to work when he is distracted, but it is a really good thing to set up as a cue for a recall, since he often ranges pretty far…...although still in sight......when we walk in the field, and if he is upwind on a breezy day it is hard for him to hear me call him. Perry is normally pretty good at checking to see where I am (he has become more vigilant, because I hide from him when he is distracted), so I expect with a little more practice this is going to work really well.
A further bonus is that this dog adores carrots. So basically a low cal/no cal reward which I don't mind giving frequently when we are training new behaviours.