"Let's Control the Human!"

Walking your dog should be an enjoyable time for you both, right? Dogs Board member Tlg199 found out the hard way that sometimes it can be a frustrating experience, especially when your dog wants to run off. Tlg199 describes her dog, Collie, saying, "She's an 8 month old Australian Shepherd/ Collie mix, and she will not come when I call her. When I go to get her, she runs away." However, Tlg199 explains that her dog is "very good in the house and will come and sit and stay. What do you suggest I do? Help."

One of the first responses to Tlg199's predicament came from Dog Board member Shakar99, an obedience trainer, who offers these two ideas. "First, you have to understand that these two breeds of dogs that make up your dog are both high energy breeds. Second, I would highly suggest you attend an obedience training program."

Additional practical ideas come from Dog Board member Weim, who says, "First of all, until she will come when she's called, don't let her off leash for ANY reason, even in your yard. She's made a game of 'let's control the human' and as long as she keeps winning, she'll keep playing."

Weim also offers, "Some people don't agree, but food is a wonderful incentive, not all the time, but until she is coming to you every time you call her." And like Shakar99, Weim suggests using a longer lead cord when going on walks, an idea echoed by another Dog Board member, Kami2gb.

Kami2gb shares her experience, "We taught our dog to come with a leash first. We 'sat' and 'stayed' her, then walked away, still holding the leash, then told her to come, praising her immensely when she did. We lengthened the space between us gradually."

A final nugget of advice from Kami2gb: " It takes time and patience. Your dog will come to you if it knows it will be a 'good' thing. Either praise or a treat. Be patient and good luck!!"

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