hi everybody, i wanted to find out if anybody had any success in training your dog to play around and comes back to you if you call them. yoshi is a 5 yrs old minpin, and i can't let him run around a park like other dogs off leash. i know he will be happy to be free once in a while but i'm scared that he might take off and get run over or gets lost. how do i train him or is it too late? thanks.
i have 2 thoughts on this. one is, in general: in my own experience, little dogs run away from mom less. maybe i am wrong, but all the people i know with small dogs worry less about them running away or wanderiong off in the park, etc. second, when we wanted to teach our puppy to be off leash but to listen, come, sit, etc., we started by taking her to area that were large enough to run free, but also fenced in. like an elementary school playground, or a high school football field. they can run, but they cant get away b/c its enclosed. you may have more luck if you are nervous if you brush up on an obedience course with him also. also you will need to figure out a command to let your dog know to stop dead and turn around and come to you. chasing him wont do it :) b/c thats a game. our dog will stop on a dime if you whistle, and look at you. if you whistle again while shes looking at you she comes. also, in a large setting like that, if you kneel down, squat to her level and call her name, she knows to come and 'check in' with you. although i cant say how we trained her for this, i think it was by accident, but it works...
thanks everyone. yes, he is small but he is one of those dog who is not scared of anything, this baby really thinks he is big:). i guess i need to brush up with his obedience training, then train him to walk or play with no leash. what i am sure that will work is if i have food on me:):) coz he loves food so much and can't resist them. he is odsessed with food (he is not fat, i control his food intake). but not sure if it's a good idea to use food.
Start by attaching a long, small line to his harness (50ft is a good length) You can find long lines in magazines or just use some climbing rope that is not much larger than shoe lace size. Once he gets used to dragging the line around (if he even notices at all), He will have the feeling that he is loose, but if he tries not to listen to your commands you have insurance.... a way to teach him to listen and without taking a chance of him getting away from you or getting hurt. Oh, and yes, make use of treats! Its always good to start out giving him a treat along with praise when he comes to you. p.s. never, ever, ever get mad at him after you have called him to you - even if he just did something really 'bad'. If he comes to you he is being good! To late to correct for anything that happened before that.
Wow, thanks! That is a good idea. He can run around and if I think I'm losing control of him, i can always grab the long line. I'm pretty sure the treat will work, but after the treat he goes back to his stubborn little brat:):). Love that little guy. I'll try your suggestion. I will let you guys know. Thanks again.
I trained my golden at about 3 years old b/c he was already grown when I adopted him. I used the same thing suggested about the long line until I could completely trust him. It works, but takes pratctice and patience. I know what you mean about being scared. Even though he's never run off, I'm always scared he will. That's just the mom in me coming out I guess. But it does work, give it a try. Good Luck.
listen to gina dogs do not stop learning just because of age. it just takes a little longer they are not as plyable (usually). i think with some patience, training, more patience and more training..will have a wonderful dog.
Thanks you guys....I can't wait for him to be able to run around in the park and comes back when we are done playing. i sure he will be happy to be able to roam around freely. I will keep you guys posted.
Hey: good morning. I have an 8 yr old mixed breed, I keep him leashed 90% because he used to take off and dash with glee throughout the neighborhood (or the park). He was loose in the park once for more than 2 hours, evading every attempt I made to get ahold of him. In the past year, he has stuck close by me, so yesterday, after 2 feet of snow fell, I let him loose in the front yard to have fun. Well. He became a canine snowplow and plowed his was to the street, where he found tire tracks...he then followed those tracks, running at top speed, around the corner. I knew the only way to get him back was to drive...he will follow the car, thinking I am leaving and wanting to go with me. Well. Like I said, 2 feet of snow....... I got stuck after driving 150 feet (no kidding) Luckily he got in the car at that point. BUT it took me 45 minutes, yes, 45 really long, cold minutes, to get the car back home, 150 feet away. I could not abandon the car, as it would have been towed so the plows could get thru. So. He will not be off leash again.