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|Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 9:11pm PST |
|This is going to be long...
I always, have chewy leashed when I take him into the park, or I have him on a long line and sometimes let him drag it if the park is empty and work on recall
I don't know what I was thinking. I went to the park with my cousin and his dog. They were leashed and I didn't bring my long line. I had hot dogs and decided to drop Chewy's leash. He ran to sniff the bushes as happy as can be and just ran in circles having a blast and came back every time I called him. I thought I might be able to do this more often. I was also enjoying seeing how happy he was and just watching him run around. Then a guy came by on his motorcycle, it completely caught me off guard and I wasn't ready for what Chewy was about to do.
Chewy and my cousins dog ran to the middle of the park and started digging up gopher holes. Then the motorcycle came around. Chewy started trotting after it. The motorcycle was in the street, Chewy was still in the park following it slowly.
Chewy gets to the end of the park and the cycle has left. He stops and starts coming back to me. I call him, he starts running to me. Then the motorcycle comes flying back the way it came and Chewy tears after it in a full on sprint.
He ran along the sidewalk while the cycle was in the street, when it turned he crossed got on the sidewalk again and continued to run. The only good thing was he knew to stay on the sidewalk. He nearly caught up to the motorcycle at one point and when the guy looked to see a big black dog running after him he picked up speed.
Once it was a far distance from him Chewy stopped in his tracks and came sprinting back to me, he still stayed on the sidewalk and I crossed the street and grabbed his leash.
I only, only ever let him drag a 20 foot line on occasions when the park is empty and no one is around, early in the day during the week to avoid running into anyone. The park was empty and no one was around, and I had no idea he would even take to chasing a motorcycle.
He already has a problem with running up to dogs, which I was trying to work on and his recall in general Now he chases motorcycles. The motorcycle came back around several times after and I leashed Chewy up. He watched and was ready to take off again whimpering at the end of his leash.
I was starting to think he might be able to have more freedom, but that made me afraid to even let him off leash again. Motorcycles don't come around often, but if one does again I can't trust him. He was ready to go after it every time he saw it come by.
What now? I don't think is something I can really train out of him since they don't come all the time like cars, and it's not safe to risk him going after another. I guess He'll only have off leash time when he goes to the dog park, anywhere we go that won't have motorcycles....
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