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Why is learning to Come When Called so important? Just ask Lily and her mom Jan!

Hi Sue -

I want to share an experience I had with Lily today - that nearly brought me to tears - and the extreme relief I had that her training kicked in from the Come When Called class.

I don't know if you'll remember but a few sessions ago Lily and I were the only ones who showed up for our agility class one day, and instead we decided to do whistle training for her out-of-sight emergency recall. She was pretty successful that day and I have continued to use the whistle to call her into the house when she is dawdling outside, even though she is just in my backyard.

However, today I had the fright of my life. I apparently had not closed my front door completely after getting my mail. I went into the kitchen for something and when finished, came out to discover the front door wide open and no Lily. Frantic, I went to get her leash and picked up the whistle and ran out of the house screaming her name and blowing the whistle. As you may recall, I live on a corner and had no idea which direction she ran.

Thankfully, Lily heard the whistle and turned right around and started running as fast as she could to me. I stood in the middle of a frequently busy street to be sure no cars were coming - fortunately none were. When she got to me I didn't know whether to be mad at her or give her a big hug. Of course I gave her big hugs!

I want to thank you for teaching us this valuable technique. Lily was so far out of my sight that I never would have found her were it not for using the whistle. I cannot thank you enough for potentially helping to save her life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jan and Lily (I really am a fast-running basset!)