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Old 07-19-2013, 04:47 AM
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How to train your dog not to run off

I am so jealous when I see a pet owner who has a dog that will stay by their side and when they call them, they come right to them. The owners make it seem so easy. I do not know where I went wrong. My dog is now 10 and he loves to walk. When I walk him, he ends up walking me. I hate that.
If were to let him off leash, he would run to his hearts content and I have to start my car and let him think we are going for a ride just so he will get back home.
He seems to be learning that he will not really be going for a ride and is now fighting that.
I really need some pointers on how to keep him from leaving my side or trying to take over the walk. I have learned a few things but he can get very stubborn.
I know I should have started things when he was a pup but had kids to raise so he was not high on the priority list when it came to teaching him the right way to stay with his owner. But I do believe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
Any Ideas???
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Welcome to the forum.

Yes, he can be taught those things, it'll just take patience and persistence.

First I suggest practicing with him in an area with few distractions so that he's most likely to focus on you. Then move to areas with increasing distraction. That's for both loose leash walking and recall.

Here's a thread that'll help you teach him loose leash walking

For recall pick whatever word you want to use, come, here, a whistle etc, and start practicing inside that way he's more likely to come. Make coming to you very rewarding, give him a treat (it can be a low value one for now), lots of praise, maybe play with him for a while. Practice, practice, practice. Once he's reliable coming to you inside then move to the backyard and practice there, you may have to increase the value of the treats. Once he's reliable there move to the front yard, then to a street corner, then to a field on a long line, then the park... You'll probably have to increase the value of the treats as you increase the distractions, and when you get to the field, park, etc call him to you and then let him go back to sniffing and playing so that he loses the idea that if I come when she calls fun time automatically ends. So you'll be recalling him, giving him treats, attention, and play, then let him go back to doing what he was doing for awhile before calling him again, doing that he learns that coming to you is a good thing and most of the time he still gets to go back to doing what he was doing.
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^^ Agree. When you start training for recall/off leash, try doing it in a fenced in area (like a tennis court); or use a really long line. That way her can't get into trouble and if using the long line, you still have control
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