|Barked: Thu Jul 25, '13 2:17am PST |
|Can't help you much, but I was going to say if she's a huge escape artist like you say, instead of a long line, you might consider a tether so she can't chew through it (for when she is attached to you in the house or in the backyard, for running in parks I would think a normal drag line would be fine since she won't be focused on needing to be free, watch out for rope burn though!). And if you start tying her out in the backyard make absolutely sure she can't reach the fence with her tether. And I do suggest tying her out in the yard so she can no longer jump it. Also, Bello, who has husky in him, and only acted up when he was younger and wasn't allowed to get as much exercise (injured), would dig up tie outs when he was in the backyard, and just run around with a chunk of metal behind him. So find something to attach it too that is chew proof and dig up proof (like a tree). I also suggest more exercise as another dogster said. If you could do biking with her, you can get more exercise in for her with less effort from you, and it doesn't require her to be free to do it. Good luck!
I know you said you like people like Karen Pryor and what not, I'm assuming you have done clicker training with her? And have used it for teaching recall? Starting in the house where there isn't an environment to compete with. How is she inside with recall? Have you tried running away from her to get her to come back, especially if she is on a line, call her name, and start running away from her while still calling excitedly and pulling on her line, applying pressure, but not forcing her to come to you, but at least head the direction you are going (to come she would have to put slack in the line on her own, instead of being at the end of the line and encouraged to go your way). It also might be worth looking into the premack principle if you don't already know what it is. Use the environment to your benefit. For Bello, he loves to run, so I would ask him to come, and if he decided too, no treats for him we would just take off running down the street for a little bit. I didn't do it with him long, mainly because I'm not a runner in any form (I prefer walking thank you very much), but while I was I noticed a better response from him. If she wants to go sniff a tree or bush, don't let her until she does something you ask (like come!).
The line will be your bestie until she starts learning to come. I know it is tempting to let her offleash, to let her be free and run (such as at the park, in your backyard), but you can't. Because when she gets free and refuses to come, and you have to chase her down, it isn't going to be good for her overall training and could become a set back when it comes to teaching recall.
Edited by author Thu Jul 25, '13 2:34am PST
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