05-11-2014, 06:05 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
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Originally Posted by 105ben
I have been trying to call her back to me occasionally for a bit of a fuss, then setting her on her way again, to teach what you suggested. I like the idea of attaching the line though, would that be better than going over and picking her up when shes ignoring me?
Yes it would be far better than picking her up. The hazard here with doing the pick up routine is that she will become shy of being picked up (it means the end of fun) or will start to try to run away from you, as Crazy relates about her dog. Puppies can almost always escape a human's grasp and that is not a habit you want to build.
Just be very aware that dragging a line has its physical dangers too, that is getting caught up in something, so don't leave her unattended out there whilst dragging a line.
For older dogs off lead, I'd caution about a tag line in situations where she might run off into the woods after rabbits or chipmunks. A dog can get hung up out in the woods and be unable to return to you.
Right now though, with a young puppy in the garden, a reasonable amount of caution should make this quite a safe tactic for managing her through this period of her growth.