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How to stop dog running to far in front on walks

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Kaley123, Sep 29, 2019.


  1. Kaley123

    Kaley123 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, my collie always runs far in front on walks, and I have to constantly call him back so I can see him. How can I get him to stay closer to me? TIA
     
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    Do you interact much with him on walks? You could try hiding from him when he gets a certain distance up ahead - sometimes if you do this a few times then it makes them a bit more aware of where you are and they try to keep you in sight. Only do this if it is safe to do so though.
     
  3. StormyThai

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    I train for an auto check in as well as the advice above.
     
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    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    Call him back before he is out of sight, or train a ‘wait’ or ‘this way’ command.

    The knack is to have a way of him getting used to the acceptable distance.
     
  5. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums Senior

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    I think it might help if you tell the OP what you mean and how you train it in.
     
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    Try the turnabout walk! It is really effective but you need to commit to no other kind of walk for a month.

    And it isnt suitable for dogs that genuinely do bolt off to the horizon with no regard or connection to the handler (unbonded rescue dogs for eg)

    For the kind of dog that likes to do its own thing but actually wants to go home at the end of the fun times, it works great.

    What to do is let your dog off lead and walk in the opposite direction to the direction it runs. Do no call your dog. Stick to your guns and keep walking. Pretty soon you will hear your dog flying up behind you and straight past.

    Say nothing.

    Turn back the other way again.

    Keep repeating. Pretty soon your dog learns to keep a closer eye on you.

    This only works if the dog gets no other kind of walk for a month.

    At the end of the month, you will have a dog that has shortened its range.

    Then you need to keep yourself exciting and unpredictable on walks by changing direction and playing engagement games.
     
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    Bugsys grandma and Lurcherlad like this.
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