09-06-2017, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by DriveDog
A bulletproof recall is a tall order for many a dog and handler. I know I have had my patience tested with one of my past dogs regarding this obedience skill.
A couple of thoughts and if you have already tried these remedies, I don't mean to be condescending. First, repeating a command to get compliance just compromises the effectiveness of the command especially the recall. Work the recall without any distractions to a quality level leashed and unleashed. So, if you are working with the dog in an unconfined area, I'd start using a long line assuming you can work the dog on a 6 foot lead with acceptable results. Loose line, dog starts to go for the cows or starts her growling and barking routine, recall her before she gets to the end of the long line. If and when she fails, use as little leash pressure to steer her the opposite direction back toward you while walking away from the cows and if your dog keys on motion or the chase, maybe run and get her to chase you. If she does, she should get a wonderful celebration to say the least. Keep practicing with only one recall command given and the first time she stops or turns in the slightest on your recall, issue your verbal marker for proper behavior and reward handsomely. It takes patience and consistency no doubt. I don't know if you have worked on a "leave it" or general "off" command but teaching your dog this will make things easier because a recall when the dog is amped up makes things very difficult. I guess if it were me, I'd train a leave it/off on a 6 foot lead in the presence of the cows when you know they are there before your dog is outside chasing after them. Impulse control training would help as well such as your dog is on a lead and you down her with the cows in sight and maintain an extended down/stay. Lots of positive for her compliance.
It's tough to get a dog's engagement or adherence to command when other more attractive diversions exist but if you start easy and have small successes you can keep upping the temptation as the dog learns. I think it is important to remember that every time the dog fails in the situation you currently have, it's taking two steps backward. So, doing your best to ensure her success by using proximity in your favor will condition your dog to understand she can actually exist the way you want her rather than her chasing down the local herd.
Not to make light of your situation but the mental image I get of your dachshund chasing the cows does make me laugh a bit. Bold little gal you have.
Thank you very much, I know I'll be able to solve the problem following your tips. I'll start tomorrow in the park. Let's see how much time we'll need to solve this.
Yes, she's like a viking... XD We're a bit worried also because the cows are 10 times bigger than her, and thanks God this animals are patient, because with one kick they could kill her...