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Post by YO Y » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 08:22:45



Ok my lab bella is pretty good most of the time but today we let her off the
leash so she could enjoy the water (which she loved) but she gets so e***d
when she sees other people and wants to run to say HI to them. It seems like
she totaly ignores us.  What to do to keep her from running off to other
people?  I keep her on the leash most of the time but want her to get used
to being off the leash occasionally.  SHe's 7 months old, will she grow out
of it?

thanks Evan

 
 
 

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Post by Bre » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 08:44:21


She is still a baby really. Are you taking any obedience classes with
her?  If not I strongly suggest that you sign up for classes, you will
not be sorry.  99.9% of labs LOVE people and think that everyone loves
them back just as much so they want to show how glad they are to see
everyone. I don't think they ever grow out of loving people but they can
be trained to stay with you and come to you on a recall. But it takes
work on your part, a few minutes of practice everyday and you will see a
difference. You need to practice recalls in many different places and
different situations.  Thats why classes are helpful, lots of
distractions.

Bre

Quote:

> Ok my lab bella is pretty good most of the time but today we let her off the
> leash so she could enjoy the water (which she loved) but she gets so e***d
> when she sees other people and wants to run to say HI to them. It seems like
> she totaly ignores us.  What to do to keep her from running off to other
> people?  I keep her on the leash most of the time but want her to get used
> to being off the leash occasionally.  SHe's 7 months old, will she grow out
> of it?

> thanks Evan

 
 
 

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Post by Madeli » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 10:04:06


Well, Maggie will be 3 in July, and she still will not listen if she
really wants to go see something.  I think the males are better at this
than the females.  They are too independent.  :-)
 
 
 

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Post by Madeli » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 10:07:23


I just read Bre's post and I'm sure she's right in most cases.  I've
been through 3 beginner classes and two novice and will go to a third in
the fall, and she does all the commands great there.  Go out in public
in a different environment, and it's a whole different thing.  Any
advice for me Bre?  Will gladly accept it.  LOL  I thought about a 2x4
but I love her too much.  LOL. Just kidding about the 2x4.
 
 
 

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Post by YO Y » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 11:10:04


Bre, Whats the best way to practice recalls in ur opinion.  We do try to do
them on a regular basis, and she's usally pretty decent.  Does she need more
socializing so she gets bored with other dogs/people?

Ev

 
 
 

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Post by Donn » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 16:14:19


lol, males dont seem to be anywhere near "better" if they are like Dillon.
He is being signed up for obiedence training ready for May.  He has no
recall what so ever when it comes to running over to people, wet or not...

Donna


Quote:
> I think the males are better at this
> than the females.  They are too independent.  :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Bre » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 19:17:56


Hi Ev,
Well she is a lab so she will most likely never get bored with other
people and dogs. I swear they can't help themselves heheh.
Recalls as well as sit/stays need to be practiced and practiced
everywhere, and in every situation. Do you have any kids you can borrow?
They are a great distraction for your dog and a great way to practice
sit/stay and recalls. At our club we get everyone to bring in their kids
every once in a while and let the dogs run around with them and then do
a recall. You would be surprised how quickly the newer dogs learn to
come. The same with sit/stays etc.
You can never socialize your lab too much so get out their with her,
take her everywhere you can and make her sit before anyone can pet her
etc.  

Bre

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> Bre, Whats the best way to practice recalls in ur opinion.  We do try to do
> them on a regular basis, and she's usally pretty decent.  Does she need more
> socializing so she gets bored with other dogs/people?

> Ev

 
 
 

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Post by KrisHu » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 20:29:15



Quote:
> Ok my lab bella is pretty good most of the time but today we let her off
the
> leash so she could enjoy the water (which she loved) but she gets so
e***d
> when she sees other people and wants to run to say HI to them. It seems
like
> she totaly ignores us.  What to do to keep her from running off to other
> people?  I keep her on the leash most of the time but want her to get used
> to being off the leash occasionally.  SHe's 7 months old, will she grow
out
> of it?

> thanks Evan

A good recall in the face of good distractions is one of the hardest things
to teach--even to ***s. She's too young to be able to control her impulses
and really shouldn't be off-leash yet. When dogs get highly aroused they
literally cannot hear you, add puppy (and no obedience training?) to that
and she's stone deaf when a good distraction comes around. One of the main
points of training is to teach the dog that no matter how aroused s/he is
they need to keep an ear out for you. That's why people start somewhere
quiet, like their backyard and move to progressively busier and busier
spots. If you let her off lead and she ignores you all she'll learn is that
she doesn't have to listen to you. Should she ignore your come command, go
get her, do not repeat yourself--ideally she shouldn't be off-lead until she
has a good recall.

One thing that will help is if when on-lead you call her back to you to let
her off-lead to run over to whatever the distraction is. Her reward for
coming is getting to check out the distraction. For example, you are in the
back yard and she's on-lead. Now throw her favorite toy across the yard.
Call Bella to you, cheering enthusiastically and gently reel her in if
necessary, when she comes praise like crazy, give her a cookie and let her
off lead so that she can get toy. After enough repetitions of this she will
"get the game" and immediately respond to your come command. Once she does
this consistently in your yard, move to a new spot like a quiet corner of
the park and then to busier and busier spots. Also change the distraction
once she is really reliable with whatever distraction you are using, borrow
a neighbor's kid or dog.

Have you started obedience classes? If not, you should. Be sure to find a
class and trainer that you like and go. Group classes are the perfect place
to start teaching that despite all the dogs and people around you have to
focus on me and what we are working on.

--
Kristen &
Kali CD, CGC, TDI

 
 
 

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Post by Lori E. Smit » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 21:05:04



Quote:
> Ok my lab bella is pretty good most of the time but today we let her off
the
> leash so she could enjoy the water (which she loved) but she gets so
e***d
> when she sees other people and wants to run to say HI to them. It seems
like
> she totaly ignores us.  What to do to keep her from running off to other
> people?  I keep her on the leash most of the time but want her to get used
> to being off the leash occasionally.  SHe's 7 months old, will she grow
out
> of it?

> thanks Evan

No recall suggestions, but a water and leash suggestion.  I live on the lake
so luckily I can usually let my dogs off-leash right here in our yard
without worrying about them bugging anyone else.  However since we do have
neighbors that are sometimes out if I do need to keep them "contained" but
still want them to enjoy the water I use their long flexi leash.  The ones I
have are 26 ft long ones, so they can still swim out after a ball but I can
still keep a handle on them.  As for the males v females on listening, I
have 3 boys and one girl.  For the most part, my female has always listened
better, but I swear those boys are rubbing off on her and she's getting as
hard-headed as they are!  Yesterday she was great though.  I was able to lay
out in the yard and she stayed out there with me, not venturing too far from
me, and cooling me off occasionally after one of her swims.  (BTW - she and
her brother Jack are 6 1/2 so they've had a few years to learn to listen!)

--
~ Lori
and Jack, Sasha, Rufus, Joey, and Bug
{Clean the doghouse to reply}
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Post by YO Y » Tue, 15 Apr 2003 23:33:21


Thanks for all the advice guys and dolls. We will continue to work on it.
Bella and her mom (my gf) went to puppy kindergarden when she was younger
maybe 4 months, and I constantly work on her with Come and she is pretty
good especially for a 7 month old, in my opinion.

I was thinlking about re-enrolling her in classes again, i guess it could
hurt from what mostof you say.
I dont have any kids, but we are going to my Parent house for Easter weeknd
and ther will be 5 other dogs and lots of people so I'll practice hard with
her then.  That should be fun.

Thanks for the long leash suggestion too!