Recall/Distraction Help Needed
Hi, our pup just turned six months and Iím really struggling with recall and obedience under distraction overall. In a non distraction environment he solidly can sit, lay down, stay, come (here), speak (all the normal stuff), but as soon as he sees something or gets in a mood, Iím totally ignored. I had him in the unfenced backyard today playing off lead as I was confident that he would stay with me since weíve been playing fetch off lead quite a bit. Today he took off and wouldnít come back even with my precious ďHereĒ command that Iíve working on for several weeks with great success after spoiling ďComeĒ with negativity early on in training (my mistake out of frustration). I remained calm throughout and eventually walked up to him and brought him home. Anyways, pretty discouraged that it seems back to square one with this incident. Am I expecting too much at this age. This is my second shepherd and off lead was joy with the first though I canít recall (pun intended) how long it took to get there. Advice for how to improve recall and obedience overall in distracted situations would be greatly appreciated. I spends LOTS of time working with him so I donít mind putting in the time just not sure Iím missing something or expectations too high at this age.