16th September 2012, 10:58 AM
we have had XCharlie 1 week today...
1 week ago we rehomed the cutest 2 year old called Charlie.He has settled in so well with my husband and 3 kids , he hasnt pooped in the house ,trashed furniture ect..he just fit right in.When walking he doesnt pull , the problem i have is he insisits trying to hump other dogs while of his lead and refuses to come back to me.Am i trying to rush him after only one week or doing something wrong ? i have tried rewarding him with doggy treats ,cheese ect but he isnt interested he loves attention and cuddles and does answer to his name indoors .its just off his lead his behaviour isnt what i want and i dont want to have to keep him on a lead all the time when we live so close to the beach...any advice is welcome and will be tried out ,thanks x
16th September 2012, 12:46 PM
Hi and welcome.
Yes, I think you are expecting too much too early without enough focused training (very easy to do -- we almost all make this mistake!). Recall generally takes many weeks/months of actual training (no dog just instantly knows we want them to come back! It is a long and cautious training process ) and a dog should not be allowed off lead until you have this carefully and safely trained, starting on a long lead in the garden and working up to places with more distraction such as a park.
It goes without saying that no dog should ever be offlead on walks on city streets or rural roads as no dog has ever been trained that could be considered 100% reliable --there is always something somewhere that could distract a dog and no one wants to risk a death! For a new rescue dog the risk is especially high that he will head off and never return -- especially as he has only had a week to start to learn a new name, which is also a process that takes time. He needs many weeks generally to really settle in. From years doing rescue, I know of too many tragic cases of rescue dogs bolting because they just haven't fully settled in with a family, don't really reliable know to answer to their name, and don't have much if any recall.
If you look in the training section there are many pinned items at the top that list great training pages which all have info and often videos on training recall. You can also download a fantastic free book that is great for puppies, rescue dogs starting out on training, or ANY dog of any age, called, After You Get Your Puppy: www.dogstardaily.com/free-downlaods
Many petshops and online sites carry long leads -- which are 25-50 feet leads for training dogs. Extensa leads (the ones that recoil) are NOT appropriate and can even be dangerous as they very commonly cause a dog to bolt if accidentally dropped (the holder easily scares dogs when they find it bouncing along behind them).
Enrolling in a good rewards-based (not punishment/correction based!) group obedience class will also really hasten your bonding with your dog and give you great skills for working with him and he will have fun too. Look for a CPDT or APDT certified trainer.
Once you have a dog that has safe recall you will be able to enjoy so much more together!
In memory: Lucy
16th September 2012, 12:52 PM
thank you so very much for your advice , i will keep you posted on his progress.Charlie is currently snuggled up on my knee as i type this back to you x