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|02-19-2014 08:07 AM|
Originally Posted by Msmaria View Post
|02-19-2014 08:07 AM|
Originally Posted by Wetdog View Post
WOW, Thank you for the direction, this is so exciting even just reading about it!! I would love to find a good trainer or club here, on it right now
|02-18-2014 04:47 PM|
|Msmaria||My adult daughter just went through the same thing. She said she was literally shaking when she got him back. So I know how you felt. So glad your guy was good and returned to you. Sounds like your doing a great job.|
|02-18-2014 03:00 PM|
Sri----go to some AKC events and watch the CD and CDX events. You can train your dog to behave perfectly, off leash under all conditions. Talk to some of the people who are competing and find out whom they recommend as trainers or where to get instructions to learn to train. Many towns have whole clubs devoted to training.
It takes about 3 to 4 months to train to CDX(companion dog excellent) level. When you have done the training properly using maximum distractions, you'll be able to take your dog anywhere, under any conditions, off leash and you will never need a leash. So long as you continue to use the training and work it regularly, it will NEVER be lost. It only gets better and better the more you use it.
The thing is, once done, and used everyday----the training gets easier and easier. Before long, before you even notice it, it gets so easy and you have both learned so well, that you don't even think about it anymore----it is simply the way that you both do things----you and your dog communicate with completely minimal interaction. Sort of like learning to ride a bicycle. You and your dog both know what to do---and you just do it. LOL!!! The thing is, for MOST people who do not know much about training or how it works----it appears to be totally magic.
I've taken as many as 4 and 5 dogs at a time, all off leash into the busiest of downtown urban environments----off leash, and even could leave them in a sit/stay or down/stay and go into stores and shop for half an hour and come back out to find them exactly where I put them, and I never had a problem. Well, from the dogs I never had a problem----sometimes people give you some problems, but the dogs learned to ignore them and mostly I did too.
Check it out----you'll NEVER be sorry you did.
|02-18-2014 03:12 AM|
|volcano||Yes turning away works better than chasing, Id be more worried about the cars than the guy. I saw my friends dog get run over when it ran across the street.|
|02-17-2014 03:20 PM|
Yes indeed! I can very well imagine that if the man had been anything other than calm, this perhaps would have ended a little differently by adding more excitement to the dog. So we were pretty lucky in that too.
The first thing that I learnt about dogs is when a dog approaches me to stand still and avoid eye contact till he shows to be friendly. Its surprising how many people I meet who either start reaching over the dog to pet him or kind of skitter away.
Also, I turned myself so I was facing the other way from the dog , just said "HERE!" and he ran to me.
|02-17-2014 03:10 PM|
Originally Posted by Sri View Post
|02-17-2014 03:03 PM|
This is him, he actually looks smaller, thinner and more puppyish when he is standing, but I was thinking yesterday that I would be wary of a big dog like this running up to me
|02-17-2014 02:53 PM|
Originally Posted by pyratemom View Post
He was not too comfortable(from his body posture he looked wary), but not scared either. Luckily he just stood there and then continued walking once our dog started back toward us. I think we crossed paths with him again on our rounds around the circle, and if it was him(?), this time he laughed and reached out to pet the dog and waved to us.
|02-17-2014 02:27 PM|
|pyratemom||I know my heart would have been in my throat during all that. So glad you got the little fellow back without harm. It's always great when that training works out and the recall makes them turn and return immediately. A good thrill that your training paid off and the fact that your dog was safe. Glad everything worked out. Just curious, how did that guy your dog run up to react?|
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