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Am I doing this right?

Am I doing this right? I have, by way of the mighty Frisbee, taught Shadow that 'out' means drop it right now and 'leave it' means walk away, return to me and wait for the release to go back to what you were doing. Yesterday it worked perfectly, barely, but is this the right way to do it? I am also working on redirect by way of teaching her the difference between 'ball', 'stick' and 'frisbee'. and working on impulse control using the same things but making her sit and wait. Is this ok or am I creating a bigger issue?
Yesterday I let her run loose for a minute while we were way up in the mountains, and she did exactly what I feared and took off tracking something. I was able to redirect to her Frisbee and get her back but barely. She won't be loose again until I do more work and get a GPS tracker for her collar, 'Here' is not something she does well which is why we use 'Bring'. Fifty percent with 'here' versus ninety-nine with 'bring', it was a no brainer for me.
Keep in mind that this is a dog that could care less about pleasing me, she is one hundred percent self serving. If what she wants makes me happy that's just a bonus. She is RULED my her nose, absolutely. And she is really good, nothing gets by that nose. How do I teach her to leave a track and return? She will literally do ANYTHING to follow that nose. I don't want to follow some animal for miles until she decides she is done with it, but I don't want to deter the nose either.
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Sorry if this sounds mean but I got a funny image of your dog mixed with the fruit loops tucan. I wish I had some advice but Gunther only comes to me in the yard, haven't dared tried taking him off leash to try anything yet.

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Sorry if this sounds mean but I got a funny image of your dog mixed with the fruit loops tucan. I wish I had some advice but Gunther only comes to me in the yard, haven't dared tried taking him off leash to try anything yet.
Not mean at all! I sing the fruit loops song, while we are walking!
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Have you been following these hints/tips? Top Training Expectations for Puppies

And if you are able to start young, our pups WANT to stay near and with us when in a new place hiking.


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How old is your puppy?

Have you been following these hints/tips? Top Training Expectations for Puppies

And if you are able to start young, our pups WANT to stay near and with us when in a new place hiking.

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Shadow is 3.5 years old, I have had her since about 18 days old. And even as a really little pup she was largely unconcerned with my whereabouts. I have a video of her at 4 weeks or so, ignoring me to go exploring. The ONLY thing she cares about is the scent her nose is on, and her Frisbee.
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Is this the same as all the other GSD forums? If I can't trace her pedigree for a hundred years she must be no good? Or I can have one rescue as long as I have one from an approved breeder as well?

All I asked for was some simple advice on how to control a scent-driven dog, some guidance on whether or not I was doing it right. I don't honestly know why I bother. Every GSD club, forum or page I have ever been near is the same.

Sabi was the greatest dog I ever met, loosing her has left a hole in my heart that will never heal. And now I have no way to communicate with Shadow. I am trying to do right by Shadow, and all I asked for was some guidance. I know she isn't the best dog around, I get that she isn't normal, but I love dogs, ALL dogs, not just the ones that are 'worthy'.

I have spent 3 years trying to give this dog the best life I can, and I will do that for the rest of her life. It would be easier with help, but I got this far alone.

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Where did that come from ????


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Where did that come from ????


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I avoided commenting on this because I figured all the replies would be either 1. if she doesn't come back don't let her off leash, or 2. Start correcting her when she doesn't come back to teach her that it's not an option to keep sniffing until you give her the release word to do so

My dog was similar. She's super independent but we established recall is not optional and she comes every single time.


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I'm almost wondering if the OP didn't get responses quick enough and thought they were being ignored...

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