Originally Posted by pupluv168
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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Originally Posted by Wicked Pixie
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.