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PostSubject: training classes    Mon 30 Sep 2013, 10:46 am

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Do you think wiley would benefit me taking him to classes ? what it is i got talking to a lady today on the park who just happened to mention it as wiley was abit naughty last night

Most of the time he's a good dog , at home he's brilliant , my daughter can be stood at the front door talking to her mates and he wont run off or anything out of the door so hes a pretty placid content dog

But last night on his last walk i let him off lead which is what i always do , i walk on the edge of a playing field with street lamps on the road so it lights the end of the field , and i just take him there at 10pm to do his last toilet before bed , last night i let him off and he just bolted i craped myself as he just wouldnt listen , he bolted to under a tree like he had got a scent or something and when i went into this treeed area he was eating something , probbely something disgusting , i grabbed his collar and said no thats naughty , but i didnt put him back on lead i let him go again , and he ran off again been silly , so i got him again by running after him and this time i put him on the lead , told him he was a naughtly boy and i wasnt happy , he cowered down and kept looking at me sidewards all the way home on the lead , so he knew he had been naughty, now hes been with us neally a month , so he could just be pushing the bounderies a bit ??

this morning i let him go on another park as there was no dogs about , he had a good run round then this lady come on i knew with her dog who wiley bullies (just plays to rough) so i managed to call him back before he spotted this other dog , got him on the lead and then there was no probs

But my question is , i dont seem to have great control of him off lead when there's other animals about , even with treats , because he just wants to go and play and his recal is none existent , if he see's a dog he ignores me , and it appears if he gets a scent for something he will just ignore me , so would taking him to training help with this ? bear in mind he's not a puppy hes 3 years old , or is it something i will just have to put up with and be on my guard all the time and make sure i have him back on a lead before he see's the other dogs in close peremity ? i really would like him to be more obedient i can't stand been ignored by children or animals LOL i dont like not been in control , having said all this my mum owns a very obediant border collie that she uses to round sheep up every now and again , that dog does everything on command , but at the moment shes looking after a mates staffy , and she has noticed just how obediant her dog really is , as macy kinda tends to come back in her own time not like her dog who will come back at one call , is this a staffy thing do they tend to ignore you with certain things or can it be trained out of them ?

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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Mon 30 Sep 2013, 11:02 am

I think training classes are great - it gives you a chance to work your dog in a busy environment and train them to have full focus on you.

I am still going to training classes with Boo and will continue to do so for a long time - not that she is a bad dog, but it's good for her to be in different environments, around other dogs etc.

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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Mon 30 Sep 2013, 11:12 am

Yeah thats what im thinking nikki , he is a really good dog in other aspects and who ever had him in the past has trained him well , but i think he need's more , i have trained him to stop jumping up in the short time i have had him and have got him waiting at road ends on the pavement ready to cross so he isnt a complete idiot and does take stuff in , but its the bit where he is around other dogs that needs work and on my own i just dont seem to be learning him that
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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Mon 30 Sep 2013, 11:19 am

If you haven't had him from a puppy it will also help build a bond, an even stronger bond than you already have.

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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Mon 30 Sep 2013, 8:41 pm

Have to agree with Nicki, I think classes are great and I have been going with Reuben for almost four years. We have not been for a couple of months due to work commitments but he loves it and socialises with other dogs and I get to meet people too

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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Tue 01 Oct 2013, 12:19 am

Training classes sounds like a good idea.

Also what about using a long line to try and perfect his recall, I bet something very tasty like liver or chicken would get him back to you pretty quickly :)

one of my boys started pushing his luck a bit when he turned two and I went back to walking him on his own with a long line, a clicker and very tasty treats - totally sorted his recall, but it did take a wee while.

So you definetly will be able to sort him x

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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Tue 01 Oct 2013, 11:30 am

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Training classes sounds like a good idea.

Also what about using a long line to try and perfect his recall, I bet something very tasty like liver or chicken would get him back to you pretty quickly :)

one of my boys started pushing his luck a bit when he turned two and I went back to walking him on his own with a long line, a clicker and very tasty treats - totally sorted his recall, but it did take a wee while.

So you definetly will be able to sort him x
when hes on his flexi he tends to come back , but sometimes will ignore , but when loose there's no chance of getting him back if he's got it in his head he's goin , ie see's a dog , its alomost like when hes on the lead he knows i have control , but when he's off he knows ive got sod all control LOL
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PostSubject: Re: training classes    Tue 01 Oct 2013, 8:04 pm

Something very tasty that is just a reward for recall will help as Claire suggests. for him to come back to you it has to be more interesting than what he has his eye on so either reward him or encourage him to come back by being really excited and giddy and then lots of praise when he comes back

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