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    That is great advice, would never have thought of that! I will buy one as soon as I can and try it out.

    Does anyone have any more advice about how to get your dog to pay attention to you outside? My dog Maddie (shown in my avatar) is just so interested in all smells and anything that moves. If something grabs her interest I suddenly dont exist and she wont come to me. Any tips to help?

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    Hi Lavisy

    I have similar problems with Frosty.

    My main way to get her to pay attention to me is to hide when she doesn't. I call once or twice and if she doesn't come - I hide - behind a tree or a building or other dog walkers or I lie flat on a cleanish bit of ground so I'm hard to see. And I wait. And I treat her when she gets back to me.

    I also practice by changing direction a lot. If she's out in front of me "scouting" - I turn and walk the other way.

    And sometimes I run away and she chases me - cos that's always fun.

    And every time she comes back to me she gets a yummy treat.

    And the triangle of temptation helps teach her what the word "come" means and associating doing it with "really good things".

    Note if I think she's doing something destructive or dangerous and not paying attention, I do go to her and stop her from doing whatever it is. And there's a lot of angry sounding yelling at the food in the hedge or the road or the other dog or whatever the problem is.

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    Thanks Hyacinth,

    I will give the hiding trick a go, that looks like a fun game as well as a training tip. I was so scared that Maddie would just bolt if I took her off lead, that I finally swallowed and took the plunge and let her off. Low and behold she just sniffed around me! She would only come to me when she had finished sniffing everything in the local area but once that was over I began calling her with treats and most of the time came to me. But for a first go I thought that went really well.

    The same day in the afternoon I took her to the park again when I knew other dogs were around (dog owners meet at out local park for a get together/socalising) and took her off the lead *gasp* and she loved it! She was playing with all the dogs so nicely and occationally came up to me without me calling her...so happy! This is just day one so hopefully she will get better and better.

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