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02-02-2014 11:51 PM
coulter Sounds like he was being a little protective of your daughter and recognized the guy on the skateboard did her harm.
02-02-2014 11:47 PM
boomer11 ecollar is amazing at teaching commands at distance. especially when you are proofing those commands around distractions.
02-02-2014 11:40 PM
Msmaria Hi all, sorry was caught up with the whole Super bowl thing. Thank you all for your thoughts. Im just so relieved they were both ok. My daughters not young, shes 20 but looks like shes little. Dex is pretty good with skateboarders, but I think it was the whole situation. I broke my foot a year ago and since then its easy for me to ive fallen at least 2 times training playing with Dex and each time he has run to me and check on me. My daughter said shes not sure if the skateboarder meant it, but felt like he clipped her trying to get through the narrow sidewalk. She also said it happened so fast and Dex was already down the street right beside the guy barking the whole time. I have been working with dex on hand signals, but hes not 100 percent on anything yet outside, sadly.

We have been spoiling him the whole day. So glad hes here with us
02-02-2014 08:28 PM
JackandMattie That's must have been so scary! I'm glad everyone is okay.

I'm nowhere near this level with my current dogs, so really just wondering... I agree you need a solid recall. And a crisp down, but I'm also remembering the dog my mother trained when I was a girl. We were living in a dangerous city at the time, so I wasn't allowed to leave the house without the dog, and the dog was always at heel. No informal walks allowed. Out the door, he was on duty, and at heel until commanded otherwise. He was protection trained, and would have intercepted and held an attacker in response to certain situations he'd been trained to recognize, but would not have pursued an attacker unless commanded. But, oh my! That's a Lot to train and probably not a solution for your situation

I'm just glad both your daughter and your dog are safe. And wanted to offer you my support and solidarity on achieving that recall and down, because I am working on it here as well And sorry that skateboarder was a jerk! They're not all like that, so that part of the situation stinks as well

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02-02-2014 08:23 PM
Originally Posted by dogsnkiddos View Post
Who knocks someone down and does not stop to see if they are ok?!

I'm so glad everyone is OK Your poor daughter, and poor pup...
02-02-2014 08:01 PM
dogsnkiddos Who knocks someone down and does not stop to see if they are ok?!
02-02-2014 02:55 PM
readaboutdogs Yes glad both are ok! Sounds like skater did this on purpose? Crazy! Right now I'm working with Hooch on a solid stay/wait. So glad your daughter was able to make him wait till she could get to him! We're working on recall too, but he does the wait better right now!
02-02-2014 02:45 PM
glinny Even with a solid recall by the time your daughter recovered enough to call him it might have been too late. Can I teach my dog to never leave my side unless I tell her it's ok? Would being knocked down by someone who races away be too much of a temptation? This must have been very scary for your daughter. Glad she got Dexter back.
02-02-2014 12:19 PM
Loneforce I am glad both are ok. I myself could not live in CA. Jonas would have took the skateboard off of the kid. " He rides one every night to help exercise his heart" So thank god I only see a few around here in PA.
02-02-2014 12:14 PM
Gretchen I'm just so sorry to hear this, but glad your daughter had only minor injuries and your GSD is OK.

You can try desensitizing your dog to skateboarders, we have a lot in my area too.
And if your dog won't do a solid recall (like mine) our alternative was a solid "down".
We don't have many off leash areas for training in recall. So down was better for us. We did a special training class with the "down" command. Each dog owner paired up with a trainer and we worked as a team.
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