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First off let me give you a little background before I as for help...This is not a pure bred GSD, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this thread. If it's in the wrong place, please accept my apology. This one is for Elle, the 2 yr old GSD mix...Most of our yard is fenced in and we normally do not have a problem with her leaving the yard when we let her out, but the last several days she keeps going beyond where she can and can't go. She has been fixed, so I know she's not looking for a male. We are working on getting that part fenced in, but it takes time and money to get it done. The problem is, if she goes into the next door neighbors yard, and they feel threatened by her, they have legal rights to kill her, and she really is no threat, but they're new neighbors, and I'm not sure how they feel about it. We do put her on a leash at night, so she can't go over there, but she does need to be free during the day so she can run and get exercize. What if any suggestions do any of you have to help me successfully train her to say in our yard, and not run over there?? Thanks everyone!!!
 

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Is she outside unsupervised or are you out there with her to correct her when she wanders into your neighbors yard? If you fear her wandering into your neighbors yard, I would make sure you are out there with her at all times when she is outdoors until you can get your fence fixed.
 

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Originally Posted By: mollysmomIs she outside unsupervised or are you out there with her to correct her when she wanders into your neighbors yard? If you fear her wandering into your neighbors yard, I would make sure you are out there with her at all times when she is outdoors until you can get your fence fixed.
Oh one of us is out there with her at all times, she still runs over there and when you call out her name she totally ignores you as though she's forgotten her name...I really don't know what has gotten into her, she's normally always a good girl and listens to every command, but the last few days, has been a nightmare to the point that I just want to keep her on the leash while she's out, but that just wouldn't be fair, not to let her run and play too with emma.
 

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isn't your other dog in heat right now? i thought i read that in another post. do you think this is causing the other one to want to leave?
 

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Originally Posted By: I_LOVE_MY_MIKKOisn't your other dog in heat right now? i thought i read that in another post. do you think this is causing the other one to want to leave?
Elle is not in heat, she has been fixed, it is Emma who is in heat right now, she has not been fixed yet.

This is Elle


This is Emma


them together:
 

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Originally Posted By: I_LOVE_MY_MIKKOisn't your other dog in heat right now? i thought i read that in another post. do you think this is causing the other one to want to leave?
Maybe I never thought of that, but they are certainly not best of friends right now.
 

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It's not a matter of teaching her "not to," but a matter of teaching her to do something... namely "come!"

I know it's hard, but I wouldn't let her our unless she were on lead. You can get very long lines, or attach a light rope to her collar. Until she learns the command, always keep her within reach - ie end of line.

Start with rewards for coming - valuable treats rather than corrections for running.

I'd also go meet your neighbors and introduce both dogs and show them that they are not a threat.

However, it is your dog and your responsibility to keep her in check

Good luck.
 

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Quote:It's not a matter of teaching her "not to," but a matter of teaching her to do something... namely "come!"
Exactly right! Best thing is dog classes, teach at a proper pace and give instant feedback. But some other sites with ideas on teaching a reliable 'come':

http://www.expertvillage.com/video/4515_reliable-dog-recall-training-hide-seek.htm

http://www.clickersolutions.com/articles/2002/recall.htm

http://technorati.com/videos/youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxeX-Jum-7WE

http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/dog-training-come.html
 

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Thanks everyone, I really didn't think of getting a long line for during the day, but I'm going to do that, and we are also going to try to catch the neighbors home so we can introduce them to the dogs so, they know they're really no threat, but just big babies...They seemingly work some strage hours, but at some point I know we'll see them.

I really don't know what's got into her, I guess she just wants to be nosy and see what's going on, on the other side.
 

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how long of a gap do you have in the fence?
could you put some temporary bondaries?like using that yellow construction tape?or something similar to it?
this would help teaching her bondaries.
also,having the other dog in heat doesn't help much,after all,you did say that they are not best of friends right now.


or get the fence closed in.that would be the best solution.
 

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I can only second what everyone else has already said: get a long line and really work on the command "come". If you don't want to go out and buy a long line, or can't find any decent lengths in your area without shopping online, you can also always make your own. Cotton laundry line and poly-braid rope from the hardware store both work really well.

I also want to address something you said in your original post:

Quote:We do put her on a leash at night, so she can't go over there, but she does need to be free during the day so she can run and get exercize.
I'm all for running and playing in the yard, but this should not be the dogs' only exercise during the day. It's an important part but it's only part of the puzzle. She should also get leashed walks (brisk and without stopping to sniff) and training everyday, which will tire her out a lot more than just running loose in the yard.
 

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Originally Posted By: HistorianI can only second what everyone else has already said: get a long line and really work on the command "come". If you don't want to go out and buy a long line, or can't find any decent lengths in your area without shopping online, you can also always make your own. Cotton laundry line and poly-braid rope from the hardware store both work really well.

I also want to address something you said in your original post:

Quote:We do put her on a leash at night, so she can't go over there, but she does need to be free during the day so she can run and get exercize.
I'm all for running and playing in the yard, but this should not be the dogs' only exercise during the day. It's an important part but it's only part of the puzzle. She should also get leashed walks (brisk and without stopping to sniff) and training everyday, which will tire her out a lot more than just running loose in the yard.
They both do get more excersize then that, trust me...Unfortunatly, I am not really able to do it with out help,
I have Spnia Bifida, which does kind of hurt during those walks for me (I can walk, just not too fast or too far), but DF does do that.
 
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