My pup, Shelby, is just a little younger than Findlay. I was having the same problem with the recall. 1. I have another dog and Shelby is distracted by him and rather play than listen. 2. It was winter and cold and I quickly tired of being outside. I was generally calling Shelby so we could go back inside. Huge mistake, of course, because she LOVES being outside. We started working more on her recall. I put her on a tie out, so I could make sure I had control. I could pull her to me, as I called. Then I rewarded her with a treat and lots of praise. Instant improvement. Now that the weather is nicer, we spend a lot more time outside. I no longer call her, just to come in the house.
Shelby wears her prong collar for walks and training. She is starting to show improvement on a flat collar. My hound mix, on the other hand, will probably wear his prong for the rest of his life. He is perfect on the leash, with his prong. He doesn't mind it and it works for me.
Natty Boh 6-27-12
Annie 1998 - 8-2-12 RIP
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