Reliable Recall Series

Learn recall in various environments and distractions

Level I
Must be social and have good temperament
Age: 6 months+
Westside & West LA

Recall class teaches your dog to come to you (and other people) regardless of the situation. Building consistent recall is a multi step process where dogs start off in quiet or low distractible environments like your living room or a structured class and then build up to highly distractible environments like the dog park or beach.


Reliable Recall (Level I)

Prerequisites: Good temperament &  sociability 

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Dogs work solo and in groups to improve recall in an indoor, structured class. Each class rotates through the focus areas and also on your dog’s improvement areas and slowly increases distractions based on your dog’s progress.

As your dog advances, trainers increase distractions and difficulty such as walking past “temptation stations” with toys and yummy treats such as Costco meatballs.


Urban Recall (Level II)

Prerequisite: Reliable Recall I and Adventure Hike Assessment



Dogs work on recall around the neighborhood and in public areas where there are many distractions such as bicyclist, sports, other dogs and animals, traffic and more.

Trainers use long leads starting off at shorter distances and working to the full length of the lead.


Recall at the Beach (Level III)

Prerequisite: Reliable Recall and Adventure Hikes



Dogs head down to Huntington Dog Beach to work on recall in a beach environment. The beach is a wide open space, with dogs playing ball off-leash and swimming as well as many sensory inputs such as sand, birds, water, etc.

Dogs work on a long lead starting off at shorter distances and work to the full length of the 50-foot lead.

Getting Off Leash

At Fitdog, we offer off-leash beach excursions, hikes and park outings. In order for dogs to qualify for these activities, they need to have consistent and reliable recall in varied situations and distractions and for any person. For example, your dog could demonstrate consistent recall at home but may be unable to recall around lizards or squirrels on trail.

The recall series allows dogs to slowly add on distractions and work across different trainers. This builds confidence and improves success.


To achieve Level IV for off-leash activities, dogs must attend the following classes and then once milestones are achieved, the trainers will promote your dog to the next level.


  • Reliable Recall
  • Adventure Hike Assessment
  • Adventure Hikes
  • Urban Recall
  • Recall at the Beach


Some dogs may be able to breeze through these classes without issue and move on to the next level quickly while others may have to spend more time in one or more areas.

Meet with a Trainer

Certain dogs may never be ready for off leash activities such as dogs with separation anxiety, high prey drive or those that resource guard or are toy possessive. If you have a dog with these characteristics, we recommend signing up for day training program to give your dog more one-on-one time with the Trainer.  Click here to Meet with a Trainer.


West LA
Pacific Palisades
Playa Vista
To ensure maximum safety and fun for your dog, please take note of the following requirements:


  • Fitdog assesses all dogs for good temperament and sociability.


  • Proof of immunizations for Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella, Canine Flu, and Lepto must be provided prior to your first class.


  • Dogs must wear a snap collar and tags at all times. If your dog doesn’t have one, we’ll provide a collar for $20 fee.


  • For van rides, we recommend that dogs have a well-fitted vehicle harness. If not, they’ll be secured by their collar. Related: Safety Harnesses


  • Dogs are at least 6 months old and spay/neutered.


Not sure if your dog is ready for group classes? Schedule a free consultation with one of our training partners.

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