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maxx is not coming always when i call him ...


Hi , when we are alone he is ok 98% of the time .. Maxx is 71/2 months. However i do i teach him not to run across the street when my neigbour says hi to me. He is familiar with her and others. But he will run across to greet her or over to any nieghbour. Any suggestions> I am so afraid he will be hit by a car..street is not always busy ,but i dont want him darting across either. Today i let him out in the back yard and this is the first time he ran over to the park. he has never left the back before, and now i am sure he will do it again..
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Keep him on a leash or in a fence. He is still a puppy and it really isn't unusual for them to NOT be 100% yet.

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Have you considered fencing your yard or using a leash?


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Re: maxx is not coming always when i call him ...

yes i do usually...but just when i thinkl its ok to trust him ya know.. buti guess you are right i need to keep on leash for awhile yet..how do you when you can trust htem is there an age that i could stive for.for example?
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i have partly fenced yard..its jsut that it hasnt been needed. He has been so good. Andthe cost of a fence well..that wont happen to soon.. but i will have to make sure a leash is used more .
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yeah he's still a puppy and can not be trusted
mine is 3 and depending on his mood is when he listens or not
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Originally Posted By: col2258how do you when you can trust htem is there an age that i could stive for.for example?
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Not at 7.5 months, that's for sure. You've still got the teenage stage to go through. After he comes when called 100% of the time on a leash, graduate to a long line (30-50 feet) and let him drag that around. Use it to "reel him in" if he ignores you. Then once he comes when called 100% of the time on his long line with the distractions of the neighbors and cats and dogs and everything else you can think of, start to think about trying him off the leash, preferably in a large open area with no cars that could run over him.

Rocky was rock-solid offleash at 1 year old. Cash is 2 and still dragging a long line around. He's so prey-driven he may never be trustworthy offleash. All dogs are different.


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Trusting a 7.5 month old dog is like trusting an 11 year old- you just know they're going to push the limit and see what they can get away with. Please don't gamble with your dog's life and COMPLETELY fence in your yard, then when he is out of your yard, use a leash. A $15 leash is a lot cheaper and easier than a $1000 vet bill and rehab and a much better, happier option than a $100 cremation fee.

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I know it isn't the prefered method but I have a 30 or so ft line I tie Athena out on when I am too lazy to walk out to the pen(which is most of the time in in this cold weather)or if I can't be right with her off leash.Our yard is open so she only can get hung up on the snowbankens at this point.

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thanks for all of the input it does help and open my eyes to what i dont know as a dog owner..
also does anyone have recommendations for training videos?
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