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Thread: When Did You Feel Comfortable Letting Your Puppy Off the Lead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    i dont let mine off anymore because i cant trust her to not be over protective and go for other dogs. however she is allowed off when my oh is with us because she is not protective when he's there (she thinks he will protect me) she does a completly focused heel off the lead when he is there..stupid mut why wont she do this with me instead of being all "she's mine no one come near!!"
    One theory is...she believes she is higher in the hierarchy than you and feel she needs to be the protector of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellac View Post
    Yes please. help would be greatly appreciated as i have no idea what to do
    I have it all written down on my laptop. I will give you a more detailed rundown when I get home this afternoon, but the basic thing is...
    Start in a familiour place with little distraction. Get him to sit facing you, get his attention then jog back a few steps calling "come" encouraging him to go with you. Once he is stopped infromt of you get him to sit again and praise like it is christmas! Give him a "free" and a bit of a play and try it all again. As time goes on and he gets the idea that when you call "come", and he does, he get MASSIVE treats, you can move him to somewhere wiith a bit of distraction and do it all again. Move at his speed, when he is ready/understand what you want, move on to the next step. I ALWAYS praise like it is christmas for this, it gives them more incentive IMO.
    Once he undstands "come" move onto recall on tthe move. Have him social walking beside you, he can be distracted, get his attention (call his name) and call "come" whist you move backward, encourage him along and get him to sit and praise. Only once he can do reliably this on a long lead and in the dog park, should you let him off lead.

    Hope that helps.

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    yeah i thought of that but in every other way she acts as if im the boss. she listens to me better than oh if he calls her and i call her she comes to me she is more excited when i come home than when he comes home ect ect

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    sorry for highjacking stopping now

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    Thank You so much. Will show this to my partner so we can both implement and try this out

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    A pug likes to follow their owner, a jack russell loves to go off doing their own thing, like hunting snakes. No idea what the tendency would be in a cross.

    Does your dog follow you everywhere at home? Then recall training should be fairly easy.

    Do try some games of hide and seek at home, hide somewhere, and see how long he takes to find you. If he doesn't start looking try calling his name once. But only once. Don't get sucked into the "Fred Fred Fred Fred" mode of dog calling because repeating commands just teaches your dog to ignore you. If he hasn't found you after a minute, make the hiding place easier. And heaps of praise when he does find you.

    Also find a place that is manageable in size, down the end of my street are two tennis courts that can be locked closed and they're dog proof and anyone can visit when they want to. So I take Frosty down there to practice recall.

    I also practice "wait" and "come" before I let her have her dinner - a variation of "Triangle of Temptation" (ToT). Ie I tell Frosty to "wait" I walk about three steps from her, as long as she stays put, otherwise I step directly in front of her, and work on the "stay/wait" first. When she can stay (after a few sessions), I do "stay, wait", walk away, "Frosty come" and loads of praise and then she gets the release word (eg FREE) and the go eat word eg "hook in".

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    Yeah Pugs are deffinately followers. He follows us absolutely everywhere at home. If he is sleeping and we move he will not continue to sleep he has to come everywhere! I guess being 3/4 pug probably more puggish.
    Thats some great information and i will have to start some training.

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    Batty hasn't been off lead in a public place yet, and he won't be for a while either.

    He's independent and an explorer/adventurer and at this point I know that when I call it's a 60-40 chance in favour of him coming back. Not good enough IMO, when we're at a 95-5 chance then he'll be getting let off in safe places.

    He's being trained in drive too, so by the time he's 12 months old he should have a 100% recall. At the moment he's a 5 month old puppy who is into everything

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    I am sure if I let Sumo off the leash at the beach...I would have to pick him up in Coffs Habour

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    I know this isn't going to help people with older puppies but I like to let puppies off lead as young as possible - 8 weeks. Find a big oval and walk around it. Puppy is not secure enough to wander too far from you at 8 wks regardless of the breed & will be hot on your heels.

    I also agree with others here that have said different breeds different ideas of close to you off lead walking.

    When I first went into Whippets, recalls and off lead work was one of the things I was dreading. But I've found out that Whippets regard close to you as a 30mtr ring around you, again and again and again. As compared to the Kelpies where I would have to walk the perimeter of the dog park so that they would get some exercise.

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