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Old 01-25-2018, 11:10 PM
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Off leash training tips

I have a 6 month old corgi and I'd love to train her to be off leash. The problem is she's always in "chase mode" She knows what come means but half the time she'll just stand and stare at me when I call her, and if I try to go pick her up she just runs, and she's super fast. And if she sees an animal or a person, she needs to go play with them and completely tunes me out. I feel like she won't listen to me unless I have a treat for her lol. Any tips?
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:15 AM
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Lightbulb step by step, & proof as U go

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Tips? --- yes - Train, proof, then train some more.

A reliable off-leash recall is among the hardest standards of compliance to achieve, & most dogs don't get there B4 they're 18-MO to 2-YO... that's WITH both training sessions & diligent proofing, plus avoiding situations that let the dog take off, & fail to return when called.

U start indoors on leash, dumb as that sounds - then indoors off leash, in the same room.
If the dog fails to comply, put a drag-line on for training sessions, & only call them ONCE - then when the dog fails to comply, say nothing, don't sigh, roll eyes, groan... walk them down, or just quietly wander over when the dog is engaged in whatever, TREAD on the end of the drag, then pick it up, & bring the dog to U to be rewarded handsomely - a jackpot would be good, here.
U want to make an impression: "coming when called ALWAYS pays off".

That also means that U cannot call the dog for "bad things" - a bath, claw trim, to take her or him out of the dog park when they're happily absorbed in play, to bung them in the house & depart for an 8-hr shift at work, etc.
As always, the dog defines what's "bad".

CONSEQUENCES drive behavior:
if calling Ur dog to the door from the backyard means 'crate / U leave for hours', why should the dog be eager to comply? ... that's no fun!
OTOH, if calling Ur dog to the door from the backyard = 'stuffed Kong in the crate', that's more like it!
U can also separate the 'bad' thing in time from compliance: call the dog, play fetch or tug, THEN... into the house with U, 2 or 3 minutes of simple training, crate the dog, go to work. // That 5-mins or so serves to buffer the transition & helps avoid tainting 'Fido, come!' with Bad Associations.


some helpful clips from Pos-R trainers




Levels Training has proofing steps built-in:
Training Levels (originals) | Mind to Mind


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Engagement and focus is whats missing. Currently dogs relationship with you needs working on. Push loadsa energy n thought into preventing dog ever practising keeping away when called. Keep dog on a long line till recall is perfect with distractions. Recall and release so recall is not associated with end of walk but associated with good things from you. Use toys and play with dog when out for entire outting. Forget walking - start going out to play with dog for a while. Long slog but worth it. Every morning i walk out with my dogs. Pups come too. Its off leash and at 8 weeks old, pup wont leave my side. I harness pups survival instinct to train recalls. Calling it reward and release. May do 10 recalls per walk practice.
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Oh and never call dog unless you are 100% sure it will come or you can reel it in and praise on arrival.
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Thanks so much! She's gotten a lot better at coming when called. I also taught her "stay" which is much more helpful than I thought it'd be lol
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