|Barked: Sun Dec 23, '12 9:40am PST |
|I'm so sorry! I know how disheartening that is, but don't worry. I'm sure you guys will be fine. Something similar happened to me recently when I took to Bhaira to a stream full of fish. She'd been in rivers before, but not with so many fish in them, and it took me completely by surprise how nutso she went. She started chasing fish up and down the stream, and would not come even close to me when I called. I could have set myself on fire and she wouldn't have noticed. I had no choice but to wait it out, and thought for sure her recall was shot to hell.
I went back a few days later armed with a long length of rope (to reel her back in case she tried to ignore me again) and skirt steak. We did a little training session close to (but not next to) the river. At the end, I released her into the river as a reward. When I called her back, she stopped her fish chase and came over, got a healthy dose of steak, and was allowed to go back to chasing fish. We haven't had any issues since then. Of course, every once in a while we do a "river recall" training session to keep it up.
Now that you know his rabbit-weakness, maybe you can try to set up a little practice for him. I'm not quite sure how since you'd need rabbit helpers. We did some iguana-chasing training, it may be similar. If you are interested we can throw around ideas.
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