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Old 11-13-2012, 08:01 PM
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Hi Guys,

I have a big problem with Diamond. Ok normally I walk Diamond and Prince to the park and when I get there I let them off the leash to run free. As I trained them to come back to me when called by the "come" command, giving them a treat when they return reinforcing the idea that its good to walk with me.

However recently Diamond does not want to come back and no longer seems interested in the treat or the praise. I am wondering if it's because he has not been sprayed yet and I should get it done as soon as possible, as he seems to be running after female dogs. Should I get done asap so he does not break into this bad behaviour or could I use other method. He listens to all other commands at home and while on the leash at the park. Please HELP as today he was running off out of site and I feel so bad like I have done something wrong as a doggy mother.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:17 PM
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I think if it seems he is running off after females it is time to get neutered. If he obeys all other times that could be the problem. I would get him neutered before he starts other bad behavior such as marking and humping.
I would also give some extra training to remind him that come means come now. Sometimes they need a fresher up course. I would find some new treats that he may be more interested in coming back to you and getting.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:30 PM
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Amy I have tried every treat I know he likes, so I am guessing my only option is to spay him now, I was just planning to get him and Price done at the same time. Oh well I will be ringing up to book the appointment tomorrow. I will definitely start the retraining, his getting a little to big for his boots these days. LOL
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Please neuter him or poor female dog will end up with puppies. He's at that age.


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I don't think his hormones are responsible for his lack of obedience, but they could be part of the overall problem. If he is 'getting too big for his boots' neutering will usually help.
How do you react when he fails to return to you? Every time he doesn't come you are accidentally re-training him that it is OK to ignore you sometimes. Sometimes running away from the dog can help. He wants to be with you, so will follow. Always praise him when he does come, even if it has taken a while. Practice at home too, and keep calling him to you on walks for a play/treat/stroke, not just when you want to put his lead back on.
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Please neuter him or poor female dog will end up with puppies. He's at that age.

I definitely will do this is one of my fears now, plus him being stolen from me.


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I don't think his hormones are responsible for his lack of obedience, but they could be part of the overall problem. If he is 'getting too big for his boots' neutering will usually help.
How do you react when he fails to return to you? Every time he doesn't come you are accidentally re-training him that it is OK to ignore you sometimes. Sometimes running away from the dog can help. He wants to be with you, so will follow. Always praise him when he does come, even if it has taken a while. Practice at home too, and keep calling him to you on walks for a play/treat/stroke, not just when you want to put his lead back on.
Once he returns to me I always praise him or give him a treat normally, I do the same with Prince and he comes back straight away. But today he didnt want to come back at all after calling a hundred times and him noticing that he was missing out on treats Prince was getting he came back, after he had run off with some dog. Oh I wasn't calling him back to put his lead on him he just wondered to far out of my site. (My local park is Greenwich Park they used in the Olympics, basically it is a huge park, so I don't like him running to far from me.)

When I'm at home I get him to come to me all the time and his reward is either a treat or praise, he always comes and listens. No problem what so ever.

Stella I am gonna try to try the combination of the play/treat/stroke. I love that idea, hopefully it will help.


By the way guys thank you for the advise.
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