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10 months puppy runs off to other #Re

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by MartiandLuna, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. MartiandLuna

    MartiandLuna PetForums Newbie

    Sep 1, 2019
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    My 10 month old German Shepard runs off when sees a another dog. It is inconsistent as sometimes she ignores the dogs when I throw the ball to her but there always is a point when she runs off unexpected. She knows what "come here" means and reacts to it well when there is no dogs around. She does not run up to people. I would like to know is there any way of training a dog to come back without using other dogs as a distraction when training. I'm currently in a new area and do not know anyone who owes a dog and would have time to help me train her. Is there any steps to follow to correct this behaviour. Is it too late to correct it? It would be good to know what worked for other dog owners with the same problem .
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Keep her on a harness and long line while you work on recall and ignoring other dogs.

    Only let her off when your 99% sure she will come back.

    Each time she bigs off she just practises the unwanted behaviour.
    Torin., Burrowzig, Sairy and 3 others like this.
  3. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums Senior

    Oct 27, 2018
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    As Lurcherlad says. Also, it’s unfair on other dogs/owners if your GSD comes bounding up. Some digs really don’t want other dogs approaching them like that. You need to keep yours under control until she can be trusted.
    The bottom line is: she finds (some?) other dogs more interesting than you, at present. In fairness, she’s still just a youngster. You need to keep working on her recall, giving lots of praise, treats, etc, when she returns. Don’t punish her if she’s slow to come back. When you’re out where there are other dogs, keep her on a long line so you can control her - as Lurcherlad says, the more she does it, the more ingrained it will become (she’s just having fun after all) and the harder it will become to train it out.
  4. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

    Oct 18, 2013
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    There must be training classes in your area? Great way to train your dog round others and make new pals too - get Googling! There will be something local to you, im sure:)
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  5. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    Making yourself more interesting will make a difference too. Make sure that on walks, you are fully engaged with her all the time. Keep that phone in your pocket and play with her, give her sits, downs and waits to do. Practice stays while you hide behind a tree - all on a long line so she can't go to see other dogs.
    JoanneF likes this.
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