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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 06:49 AM
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I'm not sure if it would help but in this situation if she doesn't obey "come" you could try another command like "sit". I've had it happen to Molly that she's been ahead of me on a walk and I've called her to come but she wouldn't, so I told her to sit and sure enough she sat her bottom down, I then told her to wait and she waited there patiently whilst I could up and put the leash on her. Ideally you want to have a strong recall but if you find yourself in a situation perhaps try another command like this and it might help. Sorry about your ankle, I hope it doesn't take too long before you're feeling better.
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What a scare...

You definitely did the right thing in not scolding her when she returned. It's so difficult to hold the frustration in though! For some reason what has worked to date with Bear is a "this way" command. We taught him it off lead by doing lots of changes of direction while he was following us at heel and it has really stuck for him and he finds it fun. So if he bolts now, or is too far ahead of us on walks, we yell "this way!" and turn on our heels going the opposite direction. To begin with we really hammed it up, waving our arms in the air and acting like idiots which got his attention away from whatever it was he had been doing. He then comes running back to us pretty sharpish, possibly to make us stop as we're embarrassing him in front of the other dogs! Having said that we did go through an adolescent phase when he apparently went totally deaf and forgot all his training completely and would last be seen heading across a field at 100mph. Fortunately this appears to have only been a phase as he's now 2 and he's pretty reliable. Hope your ankle is better really soon.
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So glad that she is safe! When we were in puppy class we played a game where two people stood about 20 ft apart facing each other and we called the dog back and forth praising and treating every time they ran up. We didn't even make them sit when they got to us, it was all about the recall. Then once we were doing well at 20 ft apart, we spread apart further.

They'll probably show you this in your class, but I figured I'd put it out here so you could get started early . It seemed to really help Remy!
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One thing I do with a dog who isn't coming is to keep talking to it, saying it's name. If it looks at me I tell it 'Good Girl!' or boy as the case may be. If they take a step towards me I do the same and depending on the dog, I start to walk away. This part is dependent on knowing your dog.
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For extra peace of mind - In addition to dog tags and a tracking chip, I got one of these capsules online - it has address, email and phone numbers on a note inside.

Our Phoebe loses her mind when she gets free - and it's very hard to get her back. She's way too fast to catch and deliberately disobeys in defiance.

Earlier this year she took off into woods and was only caught when she got boxed in by fallen trees.

The last time, we got her back by getting a soccer ball out to play with - that quickly got her attention! We'll use this tactic again.

BOTH TIMES it was caused by the gardeners leaving gates open. We now triple check them before letting her out.
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