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02-10-2014 08:15 PM
David Taggart Your dog is young and thirsty for new fresh experiences. Seems, you don't provide her with many, and the woods sound and smell of adventure. In order to support your own role as her leader start taking her to the woods on long lead. Make tracks for her hiding her toys (you would have to make your own map and mark the trees). Also, take her to some new places, let her discover the area around you with the radius of 2-3 miles. It will be good for her anyway, just in case she gets lost. Your backyard is her own territory she knows and marks, but every living creature needs space to roam. For instance, it is estimated that a human needs a space of not less than 6 miles square, dogs - not less than 15, horses - not less than 40, elephants - not less than 200, and the whales - I forgot. This sense of living space is programmed in our brains, without moving around we would be stressed for no reason.
02-10-2014 07:51 PM
Charlie W I always train recall from behind the dog, so that the action of turning and coming to you is not an alien one. If you think about it, you stand in front of your dog and it comes straight to you. That's fine, but generally on a walk, the time when you really need your dog to come to you is when it's running away from you towards a road, another dog, a person, chasing a cat etc. If it's used to turning and coming to you, it's more likely to comply. Added to that, I agree with all the comments about never repeating the command. Your dog needs to know that when you call, she comes, if you repeat the command, you are teaching her to ignore you..
02-10-2014 05:14 PM
pyratemom
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Originally Posted by selzer View Post
I don't reel mine in. I go and get them, keeping hold of the leash, and then I bring them to where I want them to be. I am not saying that it won't work either way. But, I don't like pulling a dog to me. I might give a tug on the leash and say NOW! That lets the distracted dog know that I gave a command and expect to be listened to. But rather than reel, I prefer to walk with them to where I was, have them sit, and then praise.
This is the way I learned to teach them as well.
02-10-2014 04:40 PM
selzer I don't reel mine in. I go and get them, keeping hold of the leash, and then I bring them to where I want them to be. I am not saying that it won't work either way. But, I don't like pulling a dog to me. I might give a tug on the leash and say NOW! That lets the distracted dog know that I gave a command and expect to be listened to. But rather than reel, I prefer to walk with them to where I was, have them sit, and then praise.
02-10-2014 12:52 PM
gsdPerseus You can buy a 50ft training leash off Amazon for $10, Walmart sells some also.
any kind of long line will give her plenty space to play and sniff around and you'll be able to stop her from running away.
I would keep her leashed until she comes when you call her 100%. And when she ignores you, reel her in and praise her- just keep working on it. You need to be more interesting than the woods, and right now I'm sure she thinks you are just going to put her up.
Good luck with her!
02-09-2014 11:53 PM
Magwart You are getting great advice here. You must stop thinking she's "trained" -- if she's running away, she has no recall, so don't keep using that word unless you want to teach her returning to you is optional (as that's all you're doing now).

A long line need not be expensive. You can buy a 50' clothes line at Walmart for around $3 and cut it to fit (look in the hardware aisle for this item). You can also buy a leash-type clip at any hardware store for buck or so. Knot the clip verysecurely to your long line, so that it will clip to the collar like a leash. Then knot yourself a handle on the other end.
02-09-2014 11:41 PM
selzer Reduce her intake at her meals to compensate for treats in training. Feed her half her meals while training her, making her work for that kibble. Don't let her get fat, but do train with treats, just reduce her food. Figure out the calories on how many treats, and the calories on the food, and substitute x number of calories for x number of calories.
02-09-2014 02:23 PM
doggiedad 1 >>> what does being hit by a car have to do with being inside?
she was hit by a car but you continue to let her off leash. you
can get area rugs and runners to cover the floor. then she won't
slip. there's mats that go underneath the rugs to hold them in
place.

2 >>> keep her leashed untill she's trained. walk her.

3 >> training.

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Originally Posted by LauraGSD View Post
Hi, this is my first question on his forum so please forgive me if I'm inexperienced. My German Shepherd,

1 >>> Laura, is an outside dog. She would be an inside dog but she was hit by a car in October and we have a lot of hardwood in our house that she slips on and gets really scared and hurt.

Don't worry, she always has blankets, a bed, and a heat lamp on her in the garage during winter. Anyway, we let her out very often because she obviously cannot run around in a cage so we rarely put her on a leash.

2 >>> This off leash play time becomes problematic because SHE RUNS OFF! EVERY TIME! We have a very large backyard with woods in the back and she ALWAYS TAKES OFF IN THE WOODS AND COMES BACK WHEN SHE FEELS LIKE IT! I'll be running around with her and then she'll start taking off,

3 >>> I'll call her and say "Kommen!" (She's been trained in German since we got her at 6/mo) and she turns around and looks at me and just takes off again! Please help! It's very frustrating!
02-09-2014 01:34 PM
JakodaCD OA I agree with getting a long line or a long rope, keep her tied/clipped to it.
02-09-2014 12:18 PM
Chip18 Wow 13 and in charge of a GSD??? OK well good advise here and go to You Tube and look for tips also, if you find something you like you can throw it up here and ask for input.
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