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herd the other dog to the door

we have a soft coat wheaten terrier who sometimes refuses to come in when the wife calls her. Initially Brutus (our 8 month GSD) would go back out and herd her (1.5 year old) in. now he doesn't. How do we teach him to do that when commanded? Brutus always comes when called. Darcy the terrier always comes when I call her and sometimes when wife calls her.
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I would get a long lead take her outside, get her with some distance from you, then give the here, or come command while gently guiding her on the lead. Give her a treat when it is done properly. After a few weeks our GSD was pretty good about coming even if she can't see me on the first command. If you can try the practice with the long lead (at least 15 feet) in an area of high distraction after she gets it down the first few times, but try and avoid areas with other dogs for awhile.
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Tell Brutus to go get Darcy, that may set him up to herd her in.
I have the opposite problem...Onyx herds Kacie from coming inside. Or when I let them out Onyx will try to herd Kacie back inside. If I let Kacie out first, she takes off before Onyx has a chance to get to her.

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Train the terrier to come? Dogs don't really herd...other dogs.
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Onyx does. She started it with Clover and continued it with Kacie.

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I think that if you have dog A become your enforcer to dog B, you're setting up some weird dynamics in your household. The terrier needs to learn to listen. It's not Brutus's job to make Darcy mind you.


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agreed, they both need to understand the come command, and not depend on the other one to tell it what to do, you are in charge, they need to listen when you tell them, which is why you should try the exercise, they will learn, and be sure to start out with just the one dog, once she becomes better at coming on the command you can bring other variables/distractions in the situation to strengthen the skill
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I think that if you have dog A become your enforcer to dog B, you're setting up some weird dynamics in your household. The terrier needs to learn to listen. It's not Brutus's job to make Darcy mind you.
yeah you are probably right. just thought it might be worth a try. for awhile he would do it on his own. if she didn't come he would go herd her in. both dogs obey me. Darcy doesn't always my wife and it's her dog!
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Thats funny that you just posted this, I was thinking of posting the opposite question lol. Brody always tries to herd our other dog and chases her all over the house. He even stalks her like a cat. We end up seperating them because it gets way too annoying!

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Too funny... Ty (12 wk GSD) is already trying to herd my 4 yr old Aussie mix around the yard! HILARIOUS to watch

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