Hi, I'm new here and desperately need some help!!
I have a 1yo female working bred kelpie. I have a few issues with her that I cant get around. First off I live in a secluded area and have no access to obedience training or trainers to come and help me so everything I can do with her has to be learnt from either the internet or in a book.
She has the basic obedience training down pat. Sit, drop and stay, although her stay could be better. Her recall is not 100% proof and will only come when she wants. This is my first problem. She has no recall at all if there is something that has caught her attention. If there is something to chase e.g. kangaroo, bird, any other animal she will completely turn off from me and just focus her attention on chasing this animal. She will recall perfectly if she is on a long lead but when off the lead it all goes out the window.
My main problem with her is that she is dog obsessed. If she spots another dog or even hears a dog barking so will totally loose all focus on me and want to get to this dog. I have no hope in hell on getting her under control and basically have to drag her past the dog until it is way out of sight before she will focus back on me. What I want to do with her is get her to keep her focus on me and realise that I am better to be with than the dog. After reading alot on the net I am thinking that she thinks her job is to "round" up the other dogs. Although she technically doesnt work the other dogs but will play all day with them if I allow it.
Basically what I am looking for is how to train her to be a good dog. I want her to keep her attention on me. I try to play the "look at that" game but if something has caught her attention I have no hope in hell on getting it back. Also what "jobs" can I do with her to let her release all her energy? She goes either goes for a 1-2hr walk morning/night, plays with a ball etc but she needs more mentally stimulating things but I need ideas on what to do with her.