Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Since this is posted in the Schutzhund forum, I would say the FIRST thing is to separate your formal Schutzhund recall from what you are training and using at home. I would use a totally different word/command.
For working on this at home, I would have the dog on a long line and have some sort of awesome reward in your hands. Give your command and check the dog hard enough to get his attention and focus him on you. I just use a flat collar or the dead ring on a fursaver, because this is not really a correction but a physical "HEY you, focus here!" give with the command so the dog has no choice but to break his fixation on something else and notice you. If he comes willingly, throw him a party involving whatever reward you're using. Otherwise, reel him in and mark and reward as soon as he willingly continues to come and focus on you. Then, give him a clear release word and let him go. Make sure to not be doing the recall and then putting the dog away, or the dog thinks recall = fun is over, why would he want to ever come?
The fence fighting is another issue altogether, not one that is easy to deal with because you can't be there every second and you can't control who goes by the fence. Honestly I just let my dogs be within reason. I don't care if they run the fence with a toy in their mouth maybe giving an initial bark and then shaking the toy. Excessive barking is not allowed. Trying to get out or tear through the fence is not allowed. Displays of unprovoked aggression are not allowed. If that happens they get one "Hey, no!" and if it continues, then they come inside. Game over.
Last edited by Liesje; 10-12-2010 at 06:09 PM.