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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2017, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy not following me

Hello, everyone. We have a 10 week old german shepherd female and as of right now she does not follow when we take her outside. When we first got her she would be right near us, but over the last week she takes off to the tall grass in the yard and takes off when we walk towards her. Indoors we dont give her too much freedom and she tends to follow pretty well. What can we do to train her so she stays close when we are outside. We have a 3 acre unfenced yard and dont want her to be on leash all the time.
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Make yourself more interesting than the tall grass. Lure with treats, play with toys, but maybe just walk out in the tall grass with her unleashed. Let her explore. Everything is new to her. And she's getting more comfortable and confident in her new home. Just have fun with her. Play and bond is the most important thing to me at this age. Unless your doing a sport than play bond and laying foundation and imprint work.
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Nothing wrong with her wearing a long line when out walking with you. We lived near a beach and my boy dragged a long line quite a bit. Once maturity sets in, if you've always made recall pleasant, then you may be able to go unleashed more often.

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Hello, everyone. We have a 10 week old german shepherd female and as of right now she does not follow when we take her outside. When we first got her she would be right near us, but over the last week she takes off to the tall grass in the yard and takes off when we walk towards her. Indoors we dont give her too much freedom and she tends to follow pretty well. What can we do to train her so she stays close when we are outside. We have a 3 acre unfenced yard and dont want her to be on leash all the time.
Something I found that usually seems to work is to run away from the pup or hide from them. I will purposefully look for an opportunity to hide from my puppy during an off leash walk. If they get a little ways ahead of me I will duck out of view. When they find me we have a little party and I reward them, and we continue with the walk. It doesn't take long before they are checking in regularly. If they get to far from me I will use it as an opportunity to run away and go hide. If they notice and chase after me I praise them up and reward for catching me. You can start by playing the game in the house then try it to outside.

I want my dogs to pay attention to me and where I am going and not have to be calling them back to me all the time. My GSD will occasionally go out of sight, but comes racing back to find me and check in. I don't nag at them or go find them when they are off leash, it's their responsibility to keep tabs on and follow me.
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Dogs, and especially puppies who feel secure, tend to wander at home but be much more attentive afield. I took my pup for her first offleash wilderness experience at 5 months on a 3 mile hike through the woods. She'd never been in the woods, so she had to check out everything. But within that, she kept me in sight...mostly. And came running back for a touch frequently. Once she did disappear for a probably a full minute, though to me it seemed like an eternity and was in a near panic, but she did come back and we continued on. She's now 8 months old, and has many many more hikes under her metaphorical belt, and I feel like I can trust her more to do the right thing. If you have a good bond with the pup, and she's attached to you generally, I'd tend to take her wandering signs positively. She's young and confident and bold. All good qualities!
So take her our of her home environment sometime and gauge her actions there. If she's still wandering and not keyed in on you, you may have an issue you'll need to somehow deal with. But her wandering at home just means she's comfortable, confident, and ready to explore.

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Thanks everyone, i tried the hiding technique and it worked brilliantly, she runs and comes right up to me. But for some reason she doesnt accept treats when outside but responds great to toys.
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Something I found that usually seems to work is to run away from the pup or hide from them. I will purposefully look for an opportunity to hide from my puppy during an off leash walk. If they get a little ways ahead of me I will duck out of view. When they find me we have a little party and I reward them, and we continue with the walk. It doesn't take long before they are checking in regularly. If they get to far from me I will use it as an opportunity to run away and go hide. If they notice and chase after me I praise them up and reward for catching me. You can start by playing the game in the house then try it to outside.

I want my dogs to pay attention to me and where I am going and not have to be calling them back to me all the time. My GSD will occasionally go out of sight, but comes racing back to find me and check in. I don't nag at them or go find them when they are off leash, it's their responsibility to keep tabs on and follow me.
This has always worked the best for me and the independent little brats. I don't want them to follow me just for treats. A little panic works best.
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