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Recall needs work!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by ToddyxxMillie, May 4, 2010.

  1. ToddyxxMillie

    ToddyxxMillie PetForums Member

    Sep 22, 2008
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    Hi i had a frightening experience the other day Millie was on the field at the back of us and she saw a rabbit and she darted for it didnt listen to me and i couldnt find her for 10 mins was really scary. Anyway ever since she was a puppy she has excellant recall if i tell her to wait she will and she will come back, if theres a dog i will tell her to sit and stay and she will i could leave her for an hour and she would still be there. Anyway i know its her instinct to go after rabbits but how can i stop her im scared now do i just do it from the start? Any help would be great !

    SEVEN_PETS PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2009
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    my dog is like this. he's on a long line now, especially in rabbit areas, such as woods as its just not worth the risk. i would recommend a long line and a harness.
  3. Cleo38

    Cleo38 PetForums VIP

    Jan 22, 2010
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    Join the club!! I've had lots of posts on here about my dog Toby's recall. Again he is fine in 'normal' situations but as soon as a small, furry animal starts to run so does he ..... very fast & doesn't listen to me at all!!
    We have done lots of work on a long line & recalling him when off the lead in secure area, rewarding him with treats when he comes back, etc & we are getting there slowly.
    We had a bit of a set back the other day when he did actually get a rabbit (although he didn't chase it, it was sat right next to where we were walking).
    Some days are much better than others but (hopefully) with continuing our training & basic obedience classes we will get to the point where he may start to chase but I can confidently call him back.
    I would keep him on a lead or long line & just keep training. From what I have read it seems that the more they are allowed to chase the worse the behaviour becomes.
    If you have a search around on here you will find many posts of a similar type (you're not the only one at all!) so may pick up some more tips from there. Good luck!
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