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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Knowing the boundries

I would love to have a dog that I can let out in the front, unfenced yard with me, unleashed, when I am doing yard work, painting, etc. She knows not to go in the road (I live on a dead end, hardly any cars at all) but she is always running to the neighbor's front door! They are an older couple and ADORE her and always let her in to give her treats and love (I told them not to do that if they hear me say "Posi, NO!" and they've listened to me there). I just got done painting my house and when I let her out she wandered over there, seriously, every 5 mins. I said "no! Come!" and she would slowwwlllyyy and painfully walk back. A few times she would just disappear and in a panic I would started looking and calling her only to hear the neighbors yell out, "she's over here!" It's amazing how sneaky she can be! These people are amazing neighbors and have babysat her, free of charge, in the past. Maybe I should tell them not to let her in at all?


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 02:46 PM
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Re: Knowing the boundries

Unless you TEACH her the boundries she won't KNOW the boundries.

Also, I would do three things with the neighbor visiting issue.

1. Teach her a COMMAND that means let's go visit the neighbors.
2. NEVER let her go visit the neighbors without you along.
3. Tell the neighbors that if she comes over without you they are to totally ignore her and call you.

She has to learn that neighbor visiting is only fun (ie - they interact with her) when YOU are with her.
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Re: Knowing the boundries

I think you're starting with too much space to begin with. The dog needs to be setup for success. I don't like tie-outs but under close supervision I think they are helpful. Get her on a tie-out or tether her to you. She needs to be taught 1) a recall and 2) where you define the boundary of the yard. Tell the neighbors she cannot get any more treats from them. Maybe you can setup organize time where YOU take the dog over and let her interact. The dog is getting mixed messages. If she's tethered you can practice recall and define boundaries without her escaping. She slowly earns more space as she learned to mind you.
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Re: Knowing the boundries

Eep! Somehow I knew the answer to this was would involve telling the neighbors to stop! I guess I was hoping it was going to be more like "give her extra cookies and everything will be magically perfect." LOL. Your ideas are all very very good ones, thank you! I totally agree that she's getting mixed messages! And what I'm doing isn't working so why keep doing it and expecting different results? I'm always saying "POSI, NO!" when she goes over there and sometimes I feel like they think I'm this big meany owner who doesn't let my "dog be a dog". Apparently I need to stop worrying about what other people think, huh? ;-) Thank you guys!


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