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OMG-scary moment

Today the mail lady rang the doorbell. Lizzie came to say hi and went on the porch. As I called her back into the house the lab that wanders the street was going by on a walk with her owner. Lizzie ran down the front walk, down the driveway, around the mailtruck and down the middle of the street. She would not listen. When I said "come" she looked and kept trotting along.

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So how did you get her back?

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You evidently got her back - so glad it ended well! We had that happen once when Augie was younger, although it wasn't in the street, thank goodness. It was about that time that I vowed we would train, train, train to lessen the likelihood of it ever happening again. Although his recall is much better, if something was really tempting, I am still not 100% confident that he wouldn't take off after it. We will just continue training and building our trust.

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You evidently got her back - so glad it ended well! We had that happen once when Augie was younger, although it wasn't in the street, thank goodness. It was about that time that I vowed we would train, train, train to lessen the likelihood of it ever happening again. Although his recall is much better, if something was really tempting, I am still not 100% confident that he wouldn't take off after it. We will just continue training and building our trust.
Very well said Linda. Anyone who thinks their dog is 100 per cent reliable, is making a big mistake. There are numerous things a dog would sooner do than listen to us all the time. All we can do is teach them as best we can to make them as reliable as possible.

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You evidently got her back - so glad it ended well! We had that happen once when Augie was younger, although it wasn't in the street, thank goodness. It was about that time that I vowed we would train, train, train to lessen the likelihood of it ever happening again. Although his recall is much better, if something was really tempting, I am still not 100% confident that he wouldn't take off after it. We will just continue training and building our trust.
Good for you, Linda, A really reliable recall and a long distance down are probably the two commands most likely to save our dogs' lives in an emergency.


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my ten year old ran after her. She stopped 2 doors down to bark at the lab. She comes when I call come in the house and I randomly do it from various rooms, but she was focused. We are for sure going to do more classes and training.

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This happened to my family about 3 times. When Ninja was younger, my grandfather would leave the backyard open and he would run around the street having RLH moments... VERY SCARY...I would hear everyone trying to catch him and I ran outside several times and got him to chase me back inside...my dad had to even stop the traffic once...don't worry it happens to all of us and I'm glad you got her back. I try teaching him to come but he is not 100% reliable and I always leave him behind when I go answer the door. He just cannot be trusted but I do know how scary it can be...I agree with Linda that if something is tempting to a dog, they will go after it no matter what. Don't worry it could of been worse and it's something to learn from Believe me my grandfather has learned not to leave doors open anymore
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Abby ran out the door last summer when the grandkids were here and we headed to the swimming pool. I chased her down the road until I remembered what I had read on the forum about turning around and running back toward home. I tried it and Abby ran behind me all the way to the gate of the swimming pool! I have to say I am much more careful when opening the door now and the grandchildren haven't forgotten the incident, either!

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Yogi's recall is 100% in the house. Outside it's 50/50. If Daddy calls her, she comes a runnin'! If Mom calls her, she turns around, looks at me, and I could swear she gives me the finger, then she turns away and continues following the 'call of the wild'. So now Yogi doesn't get to be free outside anymore! And yeah, the only way I can get her back when she takes off, is to run away from her. If I chase her, it is just a big fun 'keep away' game, that makes Mommy REALLY mad! HeeHee!

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Yikes, yes that is really scary, I had Gucci one time start to go after a rabbit and I know if they see something their instinct takes over and they become DEAF to anything we say. I usually pick her up when I answer the door or have one of the kids hold her, and I'm always paranoid when we are in the front yard.

I know its scary but I'm glad she's alright

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