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      Im not sure what she is thinking on our walks, I wish she would let it out. I took her out for a second walk last night, and she was so much better. I have noticed that whenever a dog passes us, she will go crazy! that dog can be long gone, and I guess the rush is still with her, so she's tugging like crazy. she's only had maybe 10 walks. I kept her indoors fear of Parvo.

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      Around this age, puppies start to gain some independence. But also, many people do something like this when calling their dog: "Puppy. Puppy. Come. Puppy. Come. Here. Puppy. Come. Come now. Puppy." This turns their name and the recall into "blah, blah, blah" to a dog. It's meaningless.

      Regardless, the recall is extremely important. It could save your dog's life someday.

      1) Go to a good puppy class
      2) Follow-up with a good young dog class
      3) Follow-up with another good young dog class - either a redo of the one before or something like a tricks class

      I call my dogs in from the yard and ALWAYS follow-up with a treat. I keep a treat jar right by the back door. Presto is almost 8 months and in the throes of adolescence and hormones and he still comes running in so fast that half the time he slides into the cupboards. If I called him mid-bamboo chewing, he brings that, too (hey, he's still a puppy -- and my latest project, as soon as the ground is unfrozen, is fencing off the bamboo). If we are ever in a situation where I am not 100% sure he'll recall, I go and get him. I never want to put him in a situation where he ignores his name or the recall word, because then it turns optional AND it loses it's meaning. Your puppy probably finds digging very fun. In this case, I'd see that she is digging, know a recall is futile, take a cookie, put it on her nose and lead her by the collar, "Puppy, come!" to the house where I would then reward her. I might give several cookies between the digging and inside the home depending on the situation. Of everything we practice, the recall is practiced and heavily reinforced the most. Puppy and obedience classes will help you here, but make sure you're not confusing her or being inconsistent and then blaming her for not recalling.

      There are also loose leash walking (LLW) classes at many good dog training schools now. Or online. I've tried the stopping, new directions, even making my dog back up before I go further, but of everything, circling works best for us. Before the dog is out of position, I call him back and circle, only going straight again when he's in the correct position. This may or may not involve food. It just depends on your dog and situation. If there is another dog, person, whatever, I ask for a sit and, hold the collar, and feed. I hike with my dogs a lot and want them to come to me and sit when we see other dogs and people, and I also want to ensure their attention is on me around other dogs and people. Again, consistency is key. If the dog learns that pulling gets her what she wants, then you'll have a dog that pulls.

      Regarding the pottying, with the boys, I choose where they go because I don't want them marking on our walks and I don't want them marking people's property. So, every so often, I'll take them to a patch of grass and give them freedom to potty with the "go potty" cue. I stand there sort of relaxed. I give them a few minutes and then we're off again. She also might be overstimulated and not thinking of potty and some dogs are weird about going off their property or on leash. I practice going off property and on leash because of dog shows, events, classes, lessons, etc. that I take them too nearly daily. It's important that they are able to go anywhere and on leash.

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      Took Archie to a "total recall" class; what a great help. When doing recall start with a very short distance using a 6 foot lead. When she is reliable with that, change to a long lead. In other words, help her succeed. Always treat and praise. If things are not going great, work in an area with very little distraction, i.e. in the house. Having to back up in training is not a failure, more reinforcement. Also, end every session on a positive note even if her response is turning her head to look at you. With all my dogs I've found that multiple short training sessions a day works much better than one long sessions. Archie got to the point I could call him while he was mid stride chasing a squirrel, his favorite thing, spin on a dime and come to me.
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      I have gotten such wonderful advise on here, so many different things to try. lets go give it another shot..... :-)

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      Quote Originally Posted by POPTOP View Post
      Took Archie to a "total recall" class; what a great help. When doing recall start with a very short distance using a 6 foot lead. When she is reliable with that, change to a long lead. In other words, help her succeed. Always treat and praise. If things are not going great, work in an area with very little distraction, i.e. in the house. Having to back up in training is not a failure, more reinforcement. Also, end every session on a positive note even if her response is turning her head to look at you. With all my dogs I've found that multiple short training sessions a day works much better than one long sessions. Archie got to the point I could call him while he was mid stride chasing a squirrel, his favorite thing, spin on a dime and come to me.
      This is excellent advice.

      We were also taught to always use a "high value" treat with recall....like a piece of cheese, hot dog or bologna. Always save the high value treat just for recall.

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      The reward on recall, for us, was not food at all. It was a throw of the ball, when Oban was young. I morphed north/south fetch into recall with the ball. Food is a reward for him now but when he was young food paled in comparison to the joy of running after a ball.

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      She is still young. I use to jog with Gigi off leash in the woods, just do not stop trying . The result will come slowly sometimes. What a cute dog. . One of the early thing I learned is not to teach the dog the come with the dog not coming being acceptable. Set the dog up for success to learn . In your case do not stArt come while digging .

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