02-20-2019, 01:06 PM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
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I had this issue with my rescue dog when I first got him. I take him to the dog park one to two hours a day, more in summer and nice weather. So he's certainly not deprived. I constantly work on his recall since he used to be quite the runaway, think Houdini.
I call him all the time and give him tons of praise and sometimes his favorite high value treats, sometimes not. If he comes running instantly over top speed I make a huge fuss over him with lots of pats and praise and a few bacon treats and he gets treated like the best dog in the world. If he ambles slowly over and makes a few detours he gets a low key scratch or pat, no treats. If he does a drive by, where he comes by, sniffs me and keeps going, I say hey what's that then reward depending how he comes back.
If he checks in on his own he gets belly rubs, treats, whatever he likes best.
If he ignores me or walks or runs off when I say come on we have to go or dinner time, I go to the gate. He gets one last warning of bye! Then I literally leave and get in the car, usually beep the car alarm which is the horn first. He's learned that I will get in the car and leave if he plays games at that point. I've only ever driven around the block but he doesn't know that.
Works like a charm. Also works for the ten to fifteen dogs I've dogsat over the past few months, even the ones that their owners say they can't catch them.
I used to literally spend an hour every night trying to catch him in the park. Not to mention all the escapes when he'd chew through his leashes, take off his harness, open gates and doors, jump fences and dig out and find ways to escape.
Just yesterday we were in a mainly but not fully fenced field and we ran into his best buddy that he hasn't seen in a month and has missed since I watched for almost two weeks. I'm now watching a shih tzu that was with us and the buddy tends to eat little dogs, so I quickly went to put the shih tzu in the car so my dog could play with his buddy. The second he heard the car when I hit the alarm to lock it, he came racing out of the field to find me because he thought I was leaving him. His buddy remembered from when I watched her and raced over with him, ignoring her owner, who was not thrilled.
Of course since I always carry around bacon treats, every other dog in the park races over whenever I call my dog too. The good thing is they've all learned to sit politely.