We have a 16-month-old male, still in tact. He is well behaved and has strong protective instincts. He can do many tricks and is good with people, including children.
However, he is also very stubborn sometimes and likes to test us. In the past months he ran away twice. The first time I was taking the trash out and he snuck past me and ran, ignoring my shouts. Half an hour later my wife found him roughly 2 miles away next to a busy street. I cried because I knew how lucky I was to still have him.
He's been pretty much been on leash-only walking since then, but he ran off at a dog park (not fenced in) once more. I was lucky enough to catch him quickly and scolded him immediately.
We don't want this to happen again, it's too risky. We would like him to be able to walk off-leash though, but we're not sure how to train him not to run - or if he runs, to stop in his tracks and come back.
I understand it's a conflict of his prey drive and will to please us, but we're very dedicated. He has been through obedience training and done very well there; he graduated at the top of his class
. He is a good walker (not perfect though).
Any suggestions how we can best help him? We were thinking of getting a shocker colar for emergencies, and also so we have a way to immediately correct his behavior because he is fast.
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