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Old 12-14-2012, 12:45 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Do GSDs really not leave and run off? Something to look forward to while my puppy drives me up the walls sometimes. I love how theyre so loyal, almost needy haha

Maybe that would make recall easier to train than a dog like a siberian husky which is always a plus.
in my experience, YES, they do!!! Luckily, it's only happened twice. I opened the door and she sprinted out. Both times, I was able to catch her before she ran out into our very very busy street beside.


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Old 12-14-2012, 02:26 AM   #52 (permalink)
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I don't know if you've read my previous posts in this thread where I've said that we found out Remy was treat/collar trained and we are now training with a k9 trainer/handler(who has his own GSDS and runs a Schutzhund agility/obedience competition/training club-- which I CAN'T wait to get Remy into once she's ready!!) who works WITH us, not separately. Her first session was Sunday and she got SIT down Monday night. I was so proud. She now sits and waits at the door/stairs until I say "okay!" For her to follow me. I love it! I can't wait to continue sessions.

However, I wanted to respond due to your saying "emergency recall word" is that a different word other than their name? Remy has NO recall whatsoever, and our trainer said we will work on that after we get her basics down.


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Usually what lots of trainers will teach is to get the dog to come when you call their name. But the command "come" or something else used as emergency recall is used only in an emergency and set up for high probability for success. The way I've seen it done with treats or toys is to use the word and give him/her the best treat you can find. Do this multiple times a day and for a while. Give her something she values over anything including possibly that squirrel or something else in the field. The idea is that she'll come running over because that command is used only for the best treats. That's the only way I know of using treats. I'm sure there are other ways to do this using different training methods though.

My dog won't run away but she's only 16 weeks old now. She does dart every single chance she gets. She knows commands and will do them no problem. If I make her sit, down, etc. she will do it and wait as long as I make her. The problem is when I release, she uses all that drive to lunge forward and surge. There is no in between impulse control lots of the time. Well, not yet at least. Prong collar and proper training will help with that. The other exercise I started was to leave her crate door open while I am in the same room. I'm across the room on the couch but doing stuff on the computer. She is not allowed to get out until I give the release. This teaches her impulse control as she doesn't like being separated and wants out of the crate to follow me around everywhere. But by doing this, this teaches her that there are boundaries and limitations.
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However, I wanted to respond due to your saying "emergency recall word" is that a different word other than their name? Remy has NO recall whatsoever, and our trainer said we will work on that after we get her basics down.


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I have three different ways of recalling mine. I use the come command, the front command, and only if needed the emergency word recall. I find that the front command works the best and is by far my favorite. For the emergency recall you pick a word(teacher recommended words like danger, alert, etc), you say this word, when the dog looks at you its given a very high value treat..you are to do this about 10 times a day and about 10 times in each session. Once they learn it, you have to practice it every now and then so you know that they remember it. As far as the dog darting, the wait command is great..it can end the darting out of the door, car, etc days
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I have three different ways of recalling mine. I use the come command, the front command, and only if needed the emergency word recall. I find that the front command works the best and is by far my favorite. For the emergency recall you pick a word(teacher recommended words like danger, alert, etc), you say this word, when the dog looks at you its given a very high value treat..you are to do this about 10 times a day and about 10 times in each session. Once they learn it, you have to practice it every now and then so you know that they remember it. As far as the dog darting, the wait command is great..it can end the darting out of the door, car, etc days

I like this idea! Her recall training may have to wait until we re-get the basics down, though. She definitely needs some kind of command to get her back to me or stop her from darting somewhere
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