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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-18-2019, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy refuses to "come" when out in the yard loose

My puppy is 5 months old. She is very smart. I know she knows she is supposed to come to me and let me approach her to leash her after she has been outside for a while (she will during all leashed or inside training drills), but she instead runs away. I don't know what to do.
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It takes a long, LONG time to teach a solid recall to a young dog. And if they learn that they VAN get away (which is much more fun) why would they come to you to get leashed up. (Which is much less fun?)

You need to make it MORE fun to be caught and leashed up with many, MANY repetitions of short recalls for REALLY yummy treats, catch their collar, give them the treat and release. Over and over again at short intervals. Until this is at LEAST 90% reliable in any given setting, don’t even TRY doing a “free” recall. Instead, keep him on a long line. DO NOT call him at all when you need to get him for something “not fun” like leashing up or going in the house. If possible, approach him gently and pick him up. Praise him and give him yummy cookies when you do. If he tries to get away, shorten your long line so that he can’t get away, and move toward him. Do not drag him toward you.

STILL praise him and give him yummy treats when you pick him up, even if you are frustrated. You are trying to build a “conditioned emotional response” to you picking him up (and eventually to him coming to you and getting leashed up) where he thinks of this as one of the most pleasurable things in his little life! But DON’T expect this to be quick training. It often takes a year or more before a dog has a reliable recall in the open. And that is with a LOT of regular work!
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Every dog I've had loves this "keep away" game. Ugh how I hate it! Good luck!
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yeah Oliver is 10 months old and still thinks this is a game. he will come only in places where there aren't distractions. the only way I can get him to come when he's having fun is to walk away from him, because he follows me everywhere.
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Nice to know it's not just me. Thanks
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Thank you for your encouragement.
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I, too, was frustrated by this. My solution was to time her run outside to right before she was going to eat. So, I let her run, and I’d call her. She’d run away. I’d start heading to the front door, as I say, “bye-bye. It’s time to eat”. (“Eat” is the call, after she sits, that she is allowed to go to her food bowl). And I‘D go to the front door. The first time she didn’t believe I was leaving her “game”. But, pretty fast, she learned that if she headed through the door with me, she was immediately getting fed. And that was much more fun than playing “run away”. I did still have her sit at the door as I opened it, and she got a treat, and then her food awaited her inside.
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I, too, was frustrated by this. My solution was to time her run outside to right before she was going to eat. So, I let her run, and I’d call her. She’d run away. I’d start heading to the front door, as I say, “bye-bye. It’s time to eat”. (“Eat” is the call, after she sits, that she is allowed to go to her food bowl). And I‘D go to the front door. The first time she didn’t believe I was leaving her “game”. But, pretty fast, she learned that if she headed through the door with me, she was immediately getting fed. And that was much more fun than playing “run away”. I did still have her sit at the door as I opened it, and she got a treat, and then her food awaited her inside.
That is a great tactic. Replacing a more rewarding activity for the "naturally rewarding" activity of playing "keep away"!
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So (guiltily ) relieved to read about all these naughty dogs running and dodging away when it's time to go home . Corazon is 9 months old now, but actually she was better when she was younger , now she's in her 'I can do anything, look' adolescence I guess.
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That is a great tactic. Replacing a more rewarding activity for the "naturally rewarding" activity of playing "keep away"!
Thank you!
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