How do I get my dog to respond to me and come back when I call her, especially outdoors?
One of the dogs that I have, a German Shepherd/Husky breed named Tera (approx 2 yrs old), is always looking for an opportunity to get loose and take off. I have taken her to obedience school. She does respond, inside and when on a leash, to the command "come." However, when she is off of the leash she takes off. Eventually she does come home. I thought, at first, that it was because she knew there where cats that lived at a neighbor?s house, which is true. When she does take off that is usually where I can find her. However, at the park the other day, I tested that theory. She took off and I had to go running after her. Luckily I finally caught up to her. My question is, how do I get her to respond to me and come back when I call her, especially when outdoors? I have another dog, a Pit Bull/Australian Shepherd breed named Molly (approx 4 yrs old), that does respond to my voice and listens when I call her to "come" commands indoors, on a leash, and outdoors. She has been a joy to train and have around. I know that each dog is different and I assume that some require different techniques in training.
Is there something I can do?
Your dog is not trained. This is not an unusual problem.
If you would like to learn something about the principles of obedience training a dog, read the description for my Basic Dog Obedience video. You will probably find that you have not had the full picture on the steps of training a dog must go through before it can be considered fully trained. You can also read why I am not a fan of taking an untrained dog to obedience classes.
I suggest that you read the training articles and Q&A sections on my website. This situation is 100% a problem with an inexperienced handler.
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