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05-15-2014 08:51 AM
blackshep Don't give him the opportunity to ignore you when you call him. Put a long line on him and if he doesn't run back to you immediately, give him a little pop on the collar.
05-15-2014 01:42 AM
Ellimaybel The alteration of this worked tonight! The wind had knocked his baby pool over and he stood there barking at it thinking (I guess) that the boogey man had done it. I called him once, he looked at me and went back to barking. I then went to grab his leash but he stopped so I waited to see what he would do next. He went to the same trees and began the routine all over again. I called him, he ignored me. I then went to the door and showed him his leash without saying a word and he charged into the house and all barking was done. Thanks everyone, even though I didn't follow all the advice to the letter you helped me find a way to make it work for us. It is much appreciated.
05-15-2014 12:47 AM
my boy diesel he has no recall
use a flexi lead for training this or a long line as susan mentioned
call him one time
if he does not respond do not call him again but simply reel him in
once he is there at your side then praise the living daylights out of him even though you reeled him in
give him lots of yummy treats
do this until he comes every time you call
him running away is a bad thing as you know and is proof you need to train him or he will wind up getting hurt one of these days
05-14-2014 08:04 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Ok, now you can laugh at me lol. I can't catch him. He is wiley and fast and runs into the trees where I can't follow him. I'll try taking the leash out with me next time. If nothing else it may make him think he's going for a walk. And maybe he will, the next day.
All the more reason to put a long line on him, EVERY time he is outside. Tratkins mentioned 15 ft., but I prefer at least 30 ft. of light, braided nylon, something strong enough that he can't break it, but light enough he can forget he's dragging it. Don't worry about him getting tangled in trees or brush, because you are never going to let him out alone--you will be there to rescue him, untangle him. I prefer the longer line because anything shorter, he will soon recognize how close you have to get to him to be able to control him. He will stay out of reach. With a longer line, it's harder for him to keep track of.

BTW, you do have a FENCED yard, right? I wouldn't do this without a fence.

Susan
05-14-2014 01:47 PM
Tratkins
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Ok, now you can laugh at me lol. I can't catch him. He is wiley and fast and runs into the trees where I can't follow him. I'll try taking the leash out with me next time. If nothing else it may make him think he's going for a walk. And maybe he will, the next day.
I couldn't catch my 5 month old either if he didn't want me too! He looks like a kangaroo at full speed Lol. So now you know you need to spend some time working on your recall and like Susan said, don't let him fail...ever. So if the scenario replays tonight, this is what I would do. I am assuming you don't have a doggie door and have to actually open the door to let him out. Put a long line on him (I use a 15 ft long leash) and walk him out while you hold onto the end of the leash. When you are ready to go in, call him once and if he doesn't come, tug the leash and say come, and lead him in calmly.

Practice recall all over your house. My 5 month old knows if I call his name and say come, something GOOD is waiting for him every time. I do it many times randomly throughout the day from all parts of the house. When we go outside where there are distractions, he is always on a long lead. Our current lead is 15 ft but we are getting ready to step it up to 25 ft because he is doing well. Look up some training tips for recall. Recall is very important and can literally save your pup's life one day if they are near danger, traffic, wild animal, etc... And I love that cute face running to me at full speed! :-)
05-14-2014 01:34 PM
Springbrz My 14 month old does it all the time. Day/Night it doesn't matter. When she gets in the "ZONE" she will not shut up. We have to investigate and then praise her for making a ruckus for her to quiet. I really don't want to praise for being annoying and not listening but I want honest threat alerts as well. We have tried teaching speak and quiet with no good results. I will be following this thread for advise as well.
05-14-2014 01:32 PM
Ellimaybel Ok, now you can laugh at me lol. I can't catch him. He is wiley and fast and runs into the trees where I can't follow him. I'll try taking the leash out with me next time. If nothing else it may make him think he's going for a walk. And maybe he will, the next day.
05-14-2014 01:30 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Do you ever have a problem with the dogs not listening to commands when focused on their idea of a threat?
A definite yes. However, it has been with some of my rescues, not dogs I have raised and trained since puppyhood. It is more work to deal with it when they are adults, but it can be done. I agree with Tratkins--when he came to you and you let him go back, that was a mistake. Not one that can't be resolved, it just would have made it easier for you if you had leashed him right then and brought him in.

With a recall especially, I NEVER give a command that I can't back up, until the recall is rock solid. That means that in the beginning my rescues (the ones who had no clue what a recall was) dragged a long line if they weren't on a leash, and I never called them unless the end of the line was securely under my foot.

Forgive those who haven't responded yet--from the time on your post you must be on the West Coast. While you posted, the rest of us were sleeping, and that doesn't take into account those who are on a different continent, lol.

Susan
05-14-2014 01:14 PM
Tratkins I can't speak for my GSD since he is only a puppy, but the only time my previous dog (GSP) would do this kind of thing was when my husband was out of town. It was like she was on extra guard duty and she would want to investigate EVERY noise outside.

If you knew it was nothing and called him away from it, the first time he ran back over to you, I would have leashed him, said "leave it", "it's ok" and brought him in and let him pout if he chose. By continuing to allow him to bark, it is just reinforcing the behavior and allowing him to disobey (which makes it harder he next time).

One thing that my trainer has said to me that has stuck with me for a long time is "Are you asking him to come or are you commanding it? The dog doesn't get to choose. Give the command twice and then go get him. Don't let him snub you off.

I hope that helps and you get a peaceful nights sleep tonight. Spring has sprung and there are baby birds, rabbits, coyotes, etc rummaging all around outside and our GSD's ears are never "off duty". They hear it all!
05-14-2014 01:00 PM
Ellimaybel Do you ever have a problem with the dogs not listening to commands when focused on their idea of a threat?
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