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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
What Car2ner said! Another great exercise is to enlist a helper to do restrained recalls.
In a safe enclosed place with little distraction (your backyard is good for this), have the dog on a line and have your helper hold him back while you run away from him in a really excited fashion, waving a tug-toy around - like a rope toy or a ball on a rope, or any other toy her really likes to play with. Let puppy pull and go nuts wanting to get to you! Then when pup is excited, your helper lets him go, and let him run after you and let him catch you and the toy. Play with him, tugging, letting him win. Take hold of his leash/line, prevent him from running away from you, and continue moving backwards, all crazy and excited, calling him to focus on you, and grab the tug toy and tug some more.
Repeat a few times, keep the game going and exciting. Stop while your pup still wants to play - this will make it so that he looks forward to the next session. If you do this regularly (but don't over-do it), for a couple of weeks, I guarantee you will see results.
We had some people (Mom with teen-age daughter) with their rescue 3 yr old doberman come to our club for training. The dog would not chase anything and only wanted to hide behind mom, and/or sniff the ground.
We started them on restrained recalls, in a few sessions they had a different dog. This dog at first didn't even want to come out of its crate, it is now doing rag work with the helper. Biggest thing people have to learn is to not be afraid to be silly and crazy and make it fun for the dog.
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