Tuesday Time-out On Wednesday

I do realize how lucky we are to have so many off-leash parks in our city. It makes me sad this isn’t something available everywhere.

Between the beaches and the awesome walking trails, it’s hard to decide which is my favourite.

We are also pretty lucky in that Shiva is the definition of a “dog park dog.”

Even during her most reactive days, off-leashΒ Shiva was a free spirit. We never worried about her starting fights or freaking out and strangers. Off-leash is where she shines the most.

If only we could perfect that dang recall!

18 thoughts on “Tuesday Time-out On Wednesday

  1. Boy, Shiva is fast. She becomes a dot in the video so quickly.

    But you’re going to have to tease the PH–he’s lazy. Shiva’s not going to do a stellar recall for such a half-hearted tease. PH is gonna have to run like he means it to attract her to chase him.

    And if that doesn’t work? I’d suggest Milk Bone underwear.

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  2. We’re still working on Eva’s recall but it’s so obvious that we’re not getting anyway at the moment, LOL!
    Never mind, we will make it one day. That’s what I tell myself all the time πŸ™‚
    I’m so glad that there are so many dog parks for Shiva and you. It’s really lovely to have so many places to go.

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  3. Nemo and Molly have good recall, but I swear Melanie forgets what her name is. When I really need her to “come” I just open a jar of peanut butter. I swear she has ninja ears when it comes to peanut butter jars, no matter where she is she’ll come running.

    That’s great you guys can take Shiva to so many parks!

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  4. Stumpy and Shiva appear to have attended the same school of recall. It’s a work in progress and it for us, it usually goes one step forward and two steps back. I think we FINALLY have it down and all of sudden Stumpy says, “Oh! Wait! I can’t do this! It’s ruining my rep!”

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  5. “Come” is always a hard one to get reliably. I won’t go into my opinions too much, but a lot of it is they need to feel like they can’t escape it. If she has more and more opportunities to essentially blow you off it will become harder and harder to get her to be reliable as time goes on. My puppies all grew up with a lot of leash and rope time, but that is not restricted to puppies. Even in an off leash place having her drag a 30 foot light cord will help. That way if you have fully taught her the command (which is also key, she MUST have no doubt about what “come” means) and she ignores you or doesn’t come fully in you can follow through with a light tug on the rope to get her to follow in the rest of the way. Practice practice practice and increase the levels of distractions as she gets better. Luna used to be much tighter with her recall, where she would come right in to my feet, sits, get her praise, but then must wait for me to give her a “watch” then release. I did this so that if I called her away from something dangerous she would be close enough to grab and would not be conditioned to getting her praise and being allowed to dash back off, again this gives me more time to hook her up if I need to move on. I have nothing against treating your dog when they come in, but I strongly feel to get a reliable recall they can’t be doing it only for the food, so IMO you must wean off that eventually, but still jack-potting them with treats on occasion so they don’t know when to expect it. And I often will bring really tasty treats outside as opposed to more normal treats for inside as this too will encourage them to come in even if there is a bird flying right past.

    Just some thoughts, never one method for every dog.
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

    Just my opinion, long lines are great, and no need to buy the ones at pet stores just buy a snap at a hardware store and some light line. Much cheaper.

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  6. You are lucky to have so many venues in which to walk and work :). Looks lovely. @Sara – I listened to the first two Susan Garrett videos yesterday – wow; I need to make ME the “cookie.” Very, very good and specific. I had one dog with an amazing recall. She killed a neighbor’s chicken – the only reason she lived is he found her playing with the body and knew she was a puppy, though a large puppy. If ever I saw her over the fence and headed for the chickens, I could call her name ONCE – she would come flying and sit at my feet. I did not teach her anything but did reinforce it to the hilt. No more dead chickens.

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  7. Our Best Friend comes perfectly at an off-leash park. In our own back yard, not so much. I finally had it when he took off about three months ago through a gap in a fence and pooped three houses down. I had to climb over a treacherous, snowy, icy hill, sneak into the neighbour’s yard and grab the poop off the pristine snow where it was LUDICROUSLY obvious! Thank goodness they had the blinds at the back of the house drawn and never saw nothin’. He’s the only dog on the street, so finding the culprit would have been too easy! Now he only goes in the back yard on a leash, which is a horrible pain in the neck. We’re going to fix up the yard better when spring REALLY hits.

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  8. As far as Darby’s concerned, a “recall’ is something that happens when your treats are bad πŸ™‚

    We have dog parks in my city, but they are basically fenced sumps with no trees or anything remotely fun in them. Better than nothing, but it would be wonderful to have a proper dog park some day.

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  9. We have a lot of great dog parks in Seattle, too, and it’s so wonderful for all the dogs that live here. There is nothing more beautiful than a dog running free. πŸ™‚

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  10. My dog loves the dog park as well, and really doesn’t care that much about the other dogs or people – he just likes exploring and being free. I need to take him more often. Now that it’s actually sunny occasionally and lighter later, that is a possibility. πŸ™‚

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  11. We have some great off-leash parks around us, but we don’t practice recalls there, because we don’t want them to think it’s something they can blow off. If we had an off-leash beach around here, I’d think I’d died and gone to heaven!

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  12. The music in that video goes perfectly… πŸ™‚

    When we first adopted Charlie, even after he knew his name he wouldn’t come to us. When we played fetch he would run and get the ball and bring it back all the way until he was about 7-10 feet away and he refused to come any closer. I think his problem was trusting us, eventually he brought the ball all the way… Then I had to teach him to drop it, of course. And he just comes to his name all the time now, even at the dog park he listens about 95% of the time. The 5% is that one dog who is frustrating Charlie because Charlie isn’t faster and he wont give up until he wins!

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