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OK, not really...but I have an ongoing problem with Jackson (19 weeks today).

In the house and on-leash he is a perfect gentlemen...sits, down, stay (will stay when I walk out of the room)...come....all with hand signals...just a great little guy.

Off leash...a complete holy terror...I've tried the happy "come Jackson" and ignoring him, you name it...Nothing works...NOTHING.
 

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How about trying a long lead? (like a clothesline rope.) Then he can have the "freedom" of not being 6 feet from you...but when you say "come" you have the ability to enforce it (or at least get the momentum headed in your direction.

Another idea: 2 people inside, playing a simple game of hide and seek. One has the pup, the other "hides" (in an easy spot) and calls for Jackson--he comes and gets a jackpot treat. Other person calls, Jackson gets treat. First person moves to a new spot, calls, treat, etc. Puppy keeps running back and forth to get the treats, but is also responding to the command (even if he doesn't realize it--yet.)

Hope these ideas help a little.
 

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Originally Posted By: Luca_stlHow about trying a long lead? (like a clothesline rope.) Then he can have the "freedom" of not being 6 feet from you...but when you say "come" you have the ability to enforce it (or at least get the momentum headed in your direction.

Another idea: 2 people inside, playing a simple game of hide and seek. One has the pup, the other "hides" (in an easy spot) and calls for Jackson--he comes and gets a jackpot treat. Other person calls, Jackson gets treat. First person moves to a new spot, calls, treat, etc. Puppy keeps running back and forth to get the treats, but is also responding to the command (even if he doesn't realize it--yet.)

Hope these ideas help a little.
Thanks for the tips....At this point I'll try anything...its a real Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Jackson at this point....

Petsmart after work for sure.
 

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One trick I've used for 'come' when they don't want to is to get down on the ground and act excited. I've found that they usually can't resist as they think you want to play!
Good luck, it sounds like your enjoying your new puppers-they are so much fun at that age
 

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Tracy makes a great point. You really do need to be able to enforce your Come command and using that longline will help you do that.

Another come game that you can play with him is: 2 people. Put him on the longline, have someone holding the line so that he can not walk with you, then you walk out and put a treat in a visible place about 10-15 feet away. You walk back, send him out to get the treat (he was watching you the whole time) with something like "Go get it!", and then call him back to you and treat him again for coming promptly. You can eventually increase the distance that you are putting the treat out. And if he has a firm stay, you would only need 1 person (you) because you could have him stay while you walk out and put out the treat. Tip: Using a white paper plate will help him keep the treat visible.

Another come game that we play is - on the longline - we toss out a treat, tell him to get it, and call him to come. As soon as he is zooming back to you, throw another treat (telling him to get it), and as soon as he gets it, call him to come. Keep doing this back and forth game for a couple of times in several small sessions during the day. This will work with 2 toys, as well. He can bring you one toy, while you throw the other.

Eventually, you'll be able to remove the longline (safety first!) and still have him coming promptly.

Best Wishes!!
Puppies are so much fun!!
 
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