Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York, New York
Re: Dog wont come back
When John and I were looking in SchH the trainer explicitly told us that the training the dog learned on the field WOULD NOT transfer to real life. The trainer told us that this is a performance for the dog and they know the difference between when it's time to perform on the field and when they're just at home with you.
I think you should either invest in a line long or, as suggested, go to some fenced in area. Sometimes I'll put Jerzey on a long line in the yard that's not actually connected to anything on the other end. It's just in case something catches her interest and she tries to go for it, then I'll just grab it. (It's been a problem lately when I go to my parents house that the neighbor's dog gets out, so it is esp. helpful in similar situations as yours!)
I've also used the tennis courts at my University quite often. You could try a dog park, if you feel comfortable with that. Perhaps go to a local school and ask if it would be okay if you use the courts when the school is closed if you pick up after your dog. (Since it's public, I feel like technically you're paying for it so you should be able to use it either way, but that's just me!)
I hope this helps! Good luck with your pup.
ETA: Some suggested the "down" command above instead of "come." We've actually started using a "touch" command... in which Jerzey is expected to come and touch our hand. It requires her to come, without necessarily saying the word. There is something about that "come" command, I swear, that just causes a dog to turn their nose sometimes and keep on running!
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Jerzey, Bi-color GSD. 4/23/08
Koji, spotted shelter kitty.