ilovehowie, a reliable recall is a word that you train your dog to respond to, like for instance Hailey's was Pig Puff, anytime I said that she would come running, a pig puff is a pig ear, I gave her 1 everyday for a week when she responded to the recall, I then weaned her off of them, but always kept them on hand, and then she only got them for special treats. It always worked for her, I only had to use it on her once for an emergancy, my friends daughter unknowingly let her out, and when my friend realized it, Hailey was almost out of sight, I ran to the door, and yelled pig puff, and she stopped dead in her tracks, and ran all the way back to the house, and right in the door. Hope this was helpful.
***Edited By: Hailey on 1/24/2007 7:35:29 PM*** Reason: ***
I was wondering how long you walk your dog every morning. Many breeds of dogs need have a lot of built up energy every day;(morning) because they have rested a good part of the night. If they cannot get the exercise they need every morning you will find that they can become destructable. Many breeds are like this. Hunting dogs can go for hours. They are burning off the excess energy in the only way they know how. That would mean that if they didn't get out to burn off the excess energy in the morning then at that moment being destructable in their minds they are doing the right thing to use up the extra energy (dogs don't think about things much they just react to their situation at the time) They can end up getting punished for it because humans go mostly with their emotions see a mess and react with anger and dogs don't understand that. They just know you are angry and need to lay low for a while not that they understand why you are angry. Walking should help you and your dog become close and end a lot if not all the problems. Good luck with your pup! whimzy & : )