Creating a Wonderful Recall



I ask everyone when they are training their dogs to ask this simple question “What is in your control and what is outside of your control?”  Focus on what you can control.

In  Conscious Living by Gay Hendricks, Gay states ” The secret of happiness is knowing that there are some things you can control and some things you cannot.”  He also speaks from personal experience “…Rather than wishing I felt some other way, rather than wanting my whole life to be different. I could let go of my control and accept it as it was.  As I dropped my resistance. I felt a rush of energy course through me.  What probably happened was that all the misery turned to light and energy, just with my turning my mental nozzle from ‘Resist’ to ‘Accept.’  My inner feeling turned to pure ecstasy-wave after wave of it-and it lasted for three days!”


As I read this last night, I began to realize the universe is entirely connected.  Every concept applies to dog training.  I let go of the uncontrollable…” Seik, my dog, runs off in the mountains and doesn’t stay by me anymore.”  I then focused on what I can control.  I can train him more on his recall and I can choose what I use as a reward.

So I took off and made my way to Herman Franks dog park (a fenced dog park across from Liberty Park).  I went there late at night around 7PM so that the park would be practically empty.  At first he just ran off and ignored me.  I ignored this (something outside of my control).  When he finally decided to voluntarily come to me (check-in) I treated him heavily with peanut butter and then I released him.  Over a matter of few minutes he barely wanted to leave me.  He would ran off and then come back.  I was even able to switch his treats back to his kibble (his dinner).  He even came 100% of the time when I called him!

This morning we enjoyed a beautiful hike in the mountains.  Since I cannot control if he runs off, of course I hiked with him on leash.  Hiking on leash is in my control.  I even brought a long line and we began and ended the hike with Seiki walking on his long line.

On the long line, I rewarded his check-ins heavily and eventually he was having so much fun being around me that he barely left.  We worked on his recall as well and he came 100% of the time.  He needed some prompts of encouragement a few times (a smell distraction).  Practice is the key here

As I focus on what I can control with Seiki eventually he will be off leash in the mountains with excellent check-ins and a great recall!

Happy Training!

Four Legged Scholars, Johanna Teresi

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Karen Mara
Karen Mara
21:19 21 Jan 24
I recently met with Johanna for help with my rambunctious teenager, Roger. We worked on coming when called, leash walking, and staying calm around other dogs when on leash. After two sessions, Roger made huge improvements, and he continues to improve as we practice on our own. Johanna really understands dogs and is very good at communicating with people. She knows how to make dog training fun. I've worked with other trainers, and Johanna is by far the best.
Wendy Nighswonger
Wendy Nighswonger
18:47 08 Jul 23
I have known Johanna for 13 years. She has helped me with several dogs, but she recently helped me train my new black lab puppy, Raven. I have moved to another state so all of my training with Raven was done online via Zoom. I believe that the one-on-one training I received through Zoom was more personalized and thorough, especially with the way Johanna placed every ounce of training and recommendation on a board through an app that I can refer back when I need. Johanna is very intuitive and knew when stress was on overload for me, therefore tailoring my training for that day around making Raven feel good while simultaneously taking my stress load down. Johanna has years of experience and while her knowledge is a gold mine, it is her gentle patience and love for her clients that make this training so perfect. I would hire her again and again. She is a true canine whisperer. Thank you Four Legged Scholars and thank you Johanna!Wendy N. ~ Oregon
Christina Richards
Christina Richards
18:13 10 Feb 23
Johanna at Four Legged Scholars is great. She tailored my program to fit my needs and was easy to work with. My puppy responded very well to what she taught us together over Zoom. She's patient and understanding. We're still utilizing the things we learned and he's a well-behaved puppy. Thank you!
Karyl Bennion
Karyl Bennion
19:49 05 Feb 23
I adopted Frida as a companion that I could travel, walk and hike with. She loves to hike and walk but pulled on the leash and jumped at distractions. I learned how to be calm and talk in a non threatening way to her. She responds to this much better than yelling at her. The click and treat method that I learned works so well in getting her attention as well as the "target" training. Frida has improved greatly with these methods. I will continue the knowledge I have learned with her. I did the live on-line training and it was very successful. I am so happy we signed up.
Rachel Giddings
Rachel Giddings
02:57 12 Dec 22
My dog was abused in his previous home and has always been afraid of strangers. I wanted to train him and help him to be more confident, but I didn't know how to do that if he was afraid of his trainer.Doing online training with Joanna was perfect for both of us! Joanna helped me learn how to read my dog and understand his triggers. We then worked together on BAT training, which taught him self-soothing behaviors and showed him how to confidently and safely handle difficult situations. I never thought I would have fun doing homework with my dog, but he and I benefited from it tremendously. Working with Joanna via Zoom was perfect for my dog and me.
Shawn McMillen
Shawn McMillen
02:09 24 Oct 22
My 2 year old doodle was struggling with people walking by the house, barking incessantly, tugging on walks, improving recall when off leash and , for me, how to be a better more engaging human for my buddy. The personalized, online sessions exceeded all my expectations. The review of video homework sessions was awesome. We saw improvement in each of the priority areas and I developed real, tangible, lasting skills/tools to be a better pet person. Thanks Johanna!
Courtney Daniels
Courtney Daniels
19:59 12 Sep 22
12 years ago I got a puppy and quickly realized I was in over my head. I wanted to have a good, well trained dog, but I was overwhelmed by methods and my puppies behavior.I joined the four legged scholars puppy training with my little 4 month old puppy Bowie, and saw immediate understanding with the clicker work. It gave us this incredibly ability to communicate and she excelled.We went on to take several courses that established general obedience, helped me turn a STRONG leash puller into a loose leash master (I took that course twice because it was a huge issue for us and I NEEDED help and reassurance from Johanna that I could do it) as well as skill class, that helped solidify a beautiful relationship between us. Learning clicker shaping allowed me to confidently teach complex and unique commands on my own as well, like waving hello and closing kitchen cabinets.My Bowie has climbed to the top of mountains for me staying right by my side never pulling on her leash. I've targeted her off trails to protect her from startling a mama moose and her baby. She's loved on my kids without jumping on them and knocking them over. She's allowed the neighbor girl who has always had a fear of dogs to walk her without pulling at whatever pace she was comfortable with. She shows off with all her fun little tricks Johanna gave me the tools to train my dog into an amazing companion.I feel so lucky to have found your training program and to have the relationship I do with my Bowie girl. These courses have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of families and their pups, thank you for that gift.
Megan Pond-Maxwell
Megan Pond-Maxwell
16:02 18 May 22
I am so grateful to have found Johanna. She was with us every step of the way as we tackled separation anxiety training and reactivity training with Daisy, my Mini Australian Shepherd. As a first time dog owner, I felt at a loss about how to manage my very vocal, scared, stressed, yet loveable dog. She had all of the typical puppy behavior, such as jumping, nipping/biting, leash pulling, as well as barking. On top of that, she was also not able to be alone without feeling terrified, as well as vocally and behaviorally reactive to other dogs, adults, and kids. I felt completely overwhelmed and Johanna created programs that felt manageable and doable. Each training session, I felt understood and empowered working with Johanna. Over the course of our programs, I felt that we accomplished the steps of the training process, strengthened the dog-human relationship, and increased my own awareness of my dog's emotional cues so that I could better work with her. My dog can now be on her own feeling relaxed and playful, her problematic puppy behaviors have significantly improved, she can walk on her leash loosely, listen to commands, and she can better tolerate other adults, dogs, and children as compared to where we first started. Our online experience was very positive. I look forward to continually implementing the tools and skills we have learned along the way to move forward in a positive direction that strengthens our human-animal bond and reduces distressing behaviors and emotional stress and overwhelm. Thank you Four Legged Scholars! I highly, highly recommend working with Johanna.
Emily Harward
Emily Harward
03:36 24 Apr 22
Our rescue dog is sweet and playful with us, but her behavior around other dogs and people could be unpredictable. She would act aggressively around adults (lunging and barking), and would sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs. We chose to do online training with Johanna. I was skeptical that online training would work, but it ended up being very effective. Johanna taught me the skills I needed to train my dog, and provided resources that I could use throughout the week as I worked on the assigned tasks. I was also able to send her videos of me working with my dog, so she could provide feedback and help me improve. Johanna personalized the program and made changes as needed to ensure that I could meet my goals. Since working with Four Legged Scholars, neighbors have commented on how much better behaved my dog is, and I don't have to worry about her lunging and barking at people or other dogs when we are out for a walk anymore. We still have a lot of work to do with our dog, and I feel like doing the personalized online sessions with Johanna has given me the knowledge, and resources to continue training my dog.
Angel Lanoy
Angel Lanoy
15:22 16 Jun 21
We have a large family, including three big dogs. So when our biggest dog Obi, the Rottweiler, started showing aggression we panicked. The vet suggested we put him down after an experience in the office. He then said we could also try training and gave us Johanna's business card. Just a phone call with her made us feel like there was hope. We signed up to do the online sessions with FourLeggedScholars. The process from the first contact to the last was well oiled and very helpful. Obi gets to stay with our family now and we feel like meting with her has given us the guidance and knowledge we need to keep our family, friends and him safe. I was a tad worried about doing the training online, but it really worked out great and we were able to fit such a big task into our busy schedules. I feel like she set us up for success from the very beginning. Thank you.
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  1. Christy

    I admire your dedication.

    Dylan is a wanderer. He comes back but he loves to go and explore. I’m too impatient to take the time and energy to train regularly on how to keep him close by. I also don’t want to spend my entire walk trying to keep him on the trail. LOL. Guess that’s what comes with too many dogs in the house.

    We’ve come to accept that some areas, Dylan must stay on leash. I take every opporunity to get him out to desert areas that are flat so he can run his little butt off and still be seen. He’s a good boy and comes back when called as long as I am not constantly calling him LOL. Mountain trials are too narrow and wandering 5 feet often puts him out of site. Desert lands are flat and have little or no space so he can run free and I can still keep an eye on him.

    • fourleggedscholars

      Thanks Christy!!

      Yea am pretty dedicated.

      I totally understand about Dylan and I believe you have done an amazing job with him!! I proud you two!!

  2. kaelovinlife

    love your blog. check out my blog called “The Healing Powers of Ozzie: A Discussion on Pets and Mental Health” at http://www.kaelovinlife.wordress.com. pets do wonders for people, but you’re right…you need to be selective in purchasing the right one for you. they are humans too. *kae*