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Old 02-19-2019, 03:20 PM
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My dog wont come near me when it's time to leave the dog park

Hi! I was just wondering if anyone could give me any advice. My 11 month of border collie x heading dog wont let me put her lead on when it's time to leave the dog park. She wont go any further than 10 meters from me but wont come close enough for me to grab her. Apart from this she is very well behaved and always comes when called. This issue was fixed for a couple of weeks by me calling her and putting the lead on then taking it off multiple times during a walk but she quickly went back to old habits. Also when leaving places such as the vets where she is always on the lead she will sit and refuse to leave. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:22 PM
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I thought I should add that this issue had only come up in the past 2 months. She gets exercised a lot as I have live on a rural property so she follows me when I'm working outside. Thanks again!
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:06 PM
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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.
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Each dog is different and obviously on each one working something else.


We used to have the same problem with our Eskie female. We have fenced tennis court in our building complex, which during the most days serve also as running place for dogs.



Nothing was working on her, no treats, not me leaving that tennis court and watching her from the distance and giving her time to start worrying, not asking her nice or being mean to her.
She is very jealous about other dogs(including our own) and that also didn't work. At one point I was thinking that she will be never able to run without a leash. Her game: "catch me if you can" was driving us nuts.


But Angie is a big daddy's girl and one day my boyfriend used it against her. He was very patient with her and when she was finally ready to come back and obey the rules, my bf had "serious discussion" with Angie and after that, he acted for a good 2 hours that he didn't like her no more. In a way, it was tough to watch, because he completely ignored her, didn't pet her, didn't pay any attention and daddy's girl was obviously falling for that. Her tail was down, sad face etc. It was the worst torture for her.
My boyfriend repeated the same treatment in the forest, where we go for long walks almost every day. It passed about 6 months from the last incident and somehow it is working for us. She was like that from the puppy, but the thought of losing the love of her favorite human is the best treatment.


I sincerely hope that one day you'll find your own solution; I know how irritating it is for the long run. Good luck!
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When dogs fail to come when called their behavior falls into one of two categories: active or passive disobedience. With passive disobedience, the dog doesn’t come and it isn’t doing much else besides. Instead it simply stands, sits or lies down and watches its owner call. Either the dog is apprehensive of approaching (a major temperament emergency), or it fails to see the relevance of the owner’s request and simply can not be bothered (a minor training emergency). With active disobedience, however, not only does the dog not come, but also, it has a darn good time not coming. This is a major training emergency.
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Lol my dog falls into somewhere between those two categories. Figures. Great article though. We'll be at a dog park or field. We can be alone or with other dogs it doesn't really matter. He'll come back quickly most of the time now. It's when he sees something, either something he has to (in his mind) chase like s rabbit or jogger), or something he needs to protect us from, especially at night, like a stranger hovering or acting suspiciously, or a new dog approaching that he has to go sniff and meet. He goes on full alert and will twitch his ears and I can see the wheels turning in his little doggy brain that's he's thinking "I should come back to mom because she's calling me and o know that's what she wants me to do but I really want to meet this new dog first, or I have to go scare this creepy guy off and mom doesn't understand that he's going to kill us or I've GOT to chase the bunny!!! She'll understand, I'll be back in a minute!!!"
Lol. Most of the time now he does come back first, especially if I see whatever it is at the same time or first and call him and say the word cookie. It's when he sees whatever it is first and takes off full speed BEFORE I call him he's too distracted by the adrenaline and thrill of his find and need to investigate it to seem to hear me in that moment.
Usually I pick my battles and let him get to whatever it is since we're in a safe area anyway then call him since I don't want to reinforce him ignoring me.
My last dog would stop mid charge after a deer, squirrel, whatever and race to me when I called. But he naturally did that from day one I never had to train it, he was just awesome.
Never tried the squeaking dropping thrashing thing. That would be a bit interesting at the crowded dog park. Lol.

I did trip and fall pretty hard on the sidewalk while walking with him once. The jerk just pulled loose and twisted my wrist while I was I'm mid air and ran off ahead to go greet a couple who were kissing a few feet ahead. Couldn't care less that I fell and was lying there bleeding and had hurt my wrist from him twisting it. Some loyal dog, left me to go get pets and beg for treats from strangers. He didn't actually disobey as I was too busy falling to call him but I wasn't too impressed nonetheless.
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