|09-28-2013 12:08 PM|
|LaRen616||Nope. My GSD is not a runner, he has always stayed close to me and always has to have me in his sight.|
|09-28-2013 11:26 AM|
Training. Train off leash as a wee pup all the time, then during the last part of the first year and beginning of second year, keep on a long line until the command of "come" or "here" is firmly known, because one it is, the long line will allow you to correct them if they choose to ignore you. Maturity also helps. Check out WildAngel for a good post on how to train recalls.
My dog is now two and he is very reliable off-leash.
|09-28-2013 10:51 AM|
I believe it's a problem that dogs can develop over time. Very often it's homemade and can turn into a vicious negative cycle. I was once in a class with a Labrador whose owners said that she couldn't be off leash. Their solution was to keep her leashed at all times. So of course that meant that when the dog escaped she sure wasn't going to let them catch her.
My old dog, a terrier, would bolt off with no regards to anything if she saw a cat. I never even bothered yelling after her because she didn't hear me. In time, because she got increasingly stressed at home after I had my kids, she started taking off if she had a chance to but normally just went her round sniffing and marking. She'd run to the next person she saw and get caught.
Then a lack of exercise is another reason for dogs to run off.
I haven't owned male dogs but intact males would often come romping by my house when my terrier was in heat. Of course I watch my females like hawks when in heat to ensure they don't take off to find some loving.
Abuse could also turn a dog into an escape artist.
I think that in most cases something creates this kind of a problem, but sometimes it can be the dog's personality. Without knowing your dog I wouldn't be too quick to decide beforehand that she'll be a runner. Did your trainer give you a reason for his claim? A dog who is properly exercised and has some kind of a job normally isn't going to have as much of a need to take off.
|09-27-2013 11:52 PM|
|Kahrg4||Cafall will take off running if he hasn't been exercised properly, but he always turns around looking for me. My husky is the one who really would bolt and never been heard from again, but a lot of sibes are like that. I'd be interested in hearing if other members have shepherds who are runners though.|
|09-27-2013 10:59 PM|
Hey guys. I was just wondering, do any of you have runners? Like, not puppy runners, but full grown/mature dogs that run if they get a chance?
My trainer for DisDis said that she'll most likely be a runner when she's older, and I've recently started talking with some GSD owners down in our training class, and some of them say they're dogs would stop at nothing to get out of the house and run.
I thought it odd, because I read that GSD's are velcro dogs, but just thought I'd get a second opinion.