Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Road Sense

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Rockhampton
    Posts
    622

    Default Road Sense

    Hi all,

    Ziggy has zero road sense. When on walks I always stop and make her sit before we cross the road, but she doesn't seem to associate that with actually stopping at a road. I am scared that if she ever gets out she will just wander onto the road in front of a car, it's like she doesn't even notice them. Has anyone got any tips?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    planet Earth
    Posts
    568

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by TinaG View Post
    Hi all,

    Ziggy has zero road sense. When on walks I always stop and make her sit before we cross the road, but she doesn't seem to associate that with actually stopping at a road. I am scared that if she ever gets out she will just wander onto the road in front of a car, it's like she doesn't even notice them. Has anyone got any tips?
    Yes. Every time you reach the curb (when crossing) say a word of your choice (stop, road, street, whatever) and do a gentle nudge with the leash and make her stop. When she stops award and prize her. Soon she'll work it out and stop at command or even without it out of habit. Some learn sooner, some later. Both my dogs know this command and stop, although they're always on leash while walking in public. I'm not sure how they would be if on their own. For rottie, I'm certain she's careful, because when I got her (found her) she was petrified of crossing roads, cars etc... so judging from the scars on her hind legs I guess she must've been hit by a car. She's still careful and moves away when she hears car approaching.
    I don't know any other way apart from the one I wrote and another one which involves scaring a dog with a vehicle which I don't recommend. I'd rather suggest - be careful so she does not escape.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,032

    Default

    I'm very fortunate that all the dogs I have at the moment have a healthy respect for cars. I guess it's because living on acreage we drive the cars onto the property a lot so they've learnt to stand back from a car.

    The Whippets watch planes and cars quite a bit, I think the fast movement interests them just short of chasing them.

    There is a method which I was shown many years ago that was supposed to be how the guide dogs were taught. I don't know if it's still current but you would go to walk the dog across the road then draw the dog back and praise it as the car passed in front of you (not quite as simply as that but you get the gist of it). To perfect it you need to have a friend in the car of course. I tried it a few times while it was being shown to me but never went any further than that.

    I prefer to just teach them to wait at curbs etc, but I'm sure if there was a cat or rabbit on the other side of the road all training would go straight out of their minds and their high prey drive would kick in. If we stick to the same route the stopping at corners etc works fine. However if I change the walking route it doesn't seem to apply. Mind you if you think of guide dogs they are also shown walking routes etc it's as much about the training as it is about finding out about the person and knowing where they travel on a regular basis and teaching that to the dog.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 07-15-2010 at 02:54 PM.

  4. #4

    Default

    hey training is a necessary as well as an important element which should be done as soon as possible in order to train these pets properly....i trained my dog very well and now he knows how to walk on road

    dog potty training
    Last edited by bobkerry; 08-15-2010 at 04:21 AM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    4,241

    Default

    Unless I tell her to 'stand', Lady will sit everytime I stop. Dogs don't understand the difference between footpath and road, so you can't expect them to be 'road wise'. They aren't taught to look both ways before the cross. All you can do IMO is work on her obediance.
    Education not Legislation

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    melbourne australia
    Posts
    3,082

    Default

    nearby, lives an elderly gent, with his very elderly great dane.
    Every day, at the curb, takes the elderly great dane 2 mins to get into the sit, with pain, 2 minutes to get back up, but i always hear the old gent say sit.

    im really not sure if sitting at a pavement, teaches a dog owt cept sit at a pavement. Off leash, at a junction, does this learnt behaviour transfer?

    For those who's dogs are now offerring the sit at pavement edges, what happens off leash?

    Bernie

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •