My Dalmatian was out the front of the house (outside the fence) when we were washing the car and suddenly starting running towards the road (about 100 metres or so). My partner took off after him in case the pup didn't stop (which he did) but no matter what we did, he wouldn't listen to us and kept running. We have never taken him off his lead when we are out and now we are definitely not taking him off. How do you train a puppy to stop immediately...especially a Dalmatian who LOVES to run?
Get a lead that is atleast 20 feet long. Go outside and make the dog come to you everytime you call it. Do this as often as possible. This will help, but I wouldn't let your dog out of the yard or off the lead. It is just too dangerous.
Thanks Supermommy. You're just full of so much info. Maybe when he matures I will be able to take him off the lead? When his brain actually can think about two things at once? At the moment, it seems that when he is hyper and running, his brain is concentrating too hard on speed and not on what we are saying.
Carry treats around in a fanny pack, call the dog to you through out the day in different situations (indoors/outdoors) and reward the dog for comeing. Never under any circumstances punish the dog when it comes to you. Even if it took a little longer than usual. I would use a happy tone when the dog comes like"YES" then treat, then"OK" which would mean he could go back to what he was doing. AND ALWAYS PUT YOUr HAND ON THE COLLAR WHEN THE DOG COMES TO YOU. So he becomes framiliar with you grabing his collar.
I will go get that long lead and start training him that way. It will come in handy too if we can tie him up when we are outside the fenced area and he can run around on the long lead without the risk of running towards the road. You all gave great advice....Thank you!!
if he gets away from you again don't chase him. at least when our chow mix runs away we have learned not to chase him because he goes into game mode and thinks we are playing and will run further away. also i think he is just a stubborn pia cause he knows darn well what come means yet he decides if he wants to. once i offered him a brownie to entice him to come inside and you could see the wheels turning in his head as he thought about it. now he just comes back when he's had enough. also when you get the dal to come back don't punish him. he will equate the punishment with coming back , not with running away.
I agree chasing him is FUN! It is more the age of your dog that is the problem right now. The sooner you work on these problems the better your dog will be as an adult. The treat idea is good just remember low-protien! you wnt to make you dog know that is has to come not just want to.