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Old 12-01-2012, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Puppy 10 months listens not well when off leash

Hi all,

She is great. Listens very well indoors, walks great on-leash, but as soon as she is off-leash or in the dog park, especially with a ball, she is in her own bubble - I mean she stays close on walks, comes when calls, but I guess she senses when we want to put her back on the leash.

Anyway, might I be to strict or to controlling perhaps as a result? I hope that I can correct myself with her. Or might it be boredom?

Please, any feedback is appreciated.

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Typical puppy!

Needs more training and one thing you can try is NOT to leash her and take her away every time you call her. That way she anticipates that when she comes her fun is over. So practice calling her, treat her and then release her again to play. that might help!
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Thank you for the info. This is helpful!
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Support the response above.

You can also reward her when she comes close to you at the park. That way, you are a GOOD place to be.

When I started training, I would only call when she was already looking at me, or coming towards me. That way, high level of success. Feed the BEST thing you've got, and release to be free.
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The dog park is a high distraction environment. It is a very difficult place to proof a recall, especially with a puppy. Lower your expectations at this stage in the game. Recall train in low distraction areas and later when you and your dog have a stronger bond, and her recall is solid, she will be more reliable in the dog park.
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This is the exact opposite of my dog, who somehow listens better when he's off leash, then on LOL
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