I had a bad experience on our walk today. I've been taking the dogs to a local pond. It's big, more like a small lake. I ride my kick scooter. The pup's great, she just runs alongside me. Banjo keeps getting into the water, often chasing the ducks. I didn't really mind because then she has to run fast to catch up and she needs to lose weight so I thought it was good exercise. But she kept staying behind longer and longer. Until today I had to stop and call her only to discover she didn't come running straight away.
At one stage I saw her way out in the water and I had to call her twice and then yell oi repeatedly to make her abandon her chasing the ducks. I watched her reach the shore and continued along the path, expecting her to join me. She didn't. I found her in the reeds and she ignored me when I called. This is highly unusual behaviour. She has had a very reliable recall for years. I put her on the lead for a while, then decided to test her. I let her off, she started running to the water, I called her, she ignored me. I repeated this another 2 times with the same very frustrating result. Only, the last time I went to retrieve her, I found her with a dead waterhen. So that was finally the end of her freedom. I didn't even let her back into the water although she was covered in yucky mud from the reedy area.
I felt so very disappointed with myself. How could I not have noticed this problem developing. And now she seems totally obsessed.
So I'm going to have to take her back without the pup and go back to basics. I clearly can't trust her around these waterhens, so I suppose I'll do lots of LAT around them. And then just recall training near the water. We have a solid base, so hopefully it will work fast and stick. But it just shows that complacency is the enemy.