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mattiebaby
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18-06-2017, 03:28 PM

Dog won't come when off leash

I have had a wonderful rescue dog for a year now. When I first got her, she was very timid and obedient and would always stay by my side. I could let her off leash anywhere and never worry about her because she would come when called. As time went on, she has become more and more comfortable with me and now will not come near me when she is off leash because she thinks that I am trying to put the leash on her ( which I usually am). She still stays near me and won't let me out of her sight but as soon as I try to get her to come or try to get near her, she runs away thinking that it's a game. I only let her off leash at dog parks and sometimes when we are out in the country walking around. Now it takes me roughly 20 minutes to catch her or I need the help of a stranger (she is very timid and obedient to people she doesn't know). When she is on leash, in a backyard, or in the house, she is fabulous and listens well! But get her off leash somewhere and it becomes a battle. Any suggestions??
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18-06-2017, 06:31 PM
Yes .. make it interesting and rewarding for her to return to you. Thus far she is punished in her eyes for recalling .. . What did you used to do when she recalled well? If she wasnt being rewarded and there was nothing better on offer ... why should she?

I personally dont like giving treats but if she loves toys or balls this could be her reward? My Ben loves squeaky toys so you could try giving her a squeaky toy to have a wrestle and a tussle with you after you have clipped on the lead? Whatever trips her trigger.
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