It’s such an AMAZING feeling watching your dog run freely off the lead, well, at least it is unless you are dreading that they will come back when you call!
Hopefully you’ve already read my previous post called:
Dog Recall Training – How To Get Them To Come Back When Off The Lead.
If not do have a look at that as that’s part 1 and this is part 2…
To help the walk be a pleasurable experience for you here’s a video where I show you step-by-step of what to do in order to get your dog to listen and come back to you when off the lead:
I suggest calling them twice and then walking the other way. If your dog comes when they are ready and has ignored your come command, calmly put them back on the lead and walk changing directions for a while to reaffirm that you are the leader.
It is important to note that research has discovered that when dogs become focused on one sense, such as sight or smell, other senses shut down. This is why many dog owners say their dog goes deaf when they are interested in a smell or focused at someone or something, they really HAVE gone temporarily deaf!
Remember if at any time whilst in the park or fields your dog starts to ignore your requests, put them on the lead and walk to heel for 10-15 minutes in the same way you would when walking them to the park. During this time, in order to communicate your message, allow no pulling or sniffing (unless on YOUR terms), which will further remind them that you are in charge. After your dog has responded positively you can let them off the lead again, however you rarely need to do this when you have convinced your dog that you are the one that’s in charge.