This morning just about put me over the edge!!! Bindi got out this morning as my husband was leaving for work, and we had to chase her6 houses down, it took us about 15 mins to get her. She is 9 months old and a silky terrier that has a mind of her own. I missed the recent training session, and my other dog was a cockapoo and I never had this kind of problem.Bindi will not mind. Any suggestions?
Hello. Every dog no matter the size needs to be walked at the very least 30 minutes everyday. Your dog should not be in front of you when you walk, but at your side or behind you. You are the pack leader, and your dog must learn that now if he/she does not already know it. Also, when you are ready to take her for her walk, be sure that you are calm/assertive, and that her state of mind is calm/submissive. You don't want to put a leash on an excited dog. Wait for her to calm down.After your walk when she is more quiet and relaxed, put a long lead on her about 8 feet or so. Let her wander around with it on, then call her. Call her only one time, and if she does not instantly respond slowly pull her to you, keep pulling her to you until she is there. Tell her good girl. Do this a few times, and make sure you end on a good note; ie, playing ball or something. You do not need to use treats to get her to come to you. A pat and good girl will be fine. Also, when you call her to you do it in a high-pitched excited voice; this will excite her and help her to respond to you.
Once you are convinced that this training has helped and that she will come to you when called, take her to an enclosed area (not your backyard); you want to go somewhere different. But, be sure to do this after your 30 minute walk. Call her to you after you have let her go. If she does not come, then you will need to work with her more until once again you feel she is ready. Please one thing, never ever scold/hit/yell at her when she does not come to you. This will only reinforce her not coming to you because she would always try to avoid the scolding and yelling.
Good luck and remember; always remain calm and assertive.
LOL! I feel your pain! When Maggie was a pup, she got away from me once, and I had to chase her about 2 miles across fields and pastures before I could catch her! She didn't stop until she came to a herd of cows that stampeded! And this was in the rain, damn dog! It's funny now, but I was so pissed off at that dog!
She's a hunting dog, so I guess she was just giving me a taste of what was to come. She is 3 years old now, and she's a great dog, but we had some very trying moments when she was a pup.