Won't come off leash

Posted by Okanagan-pet-lover
Oct 23, 2007
I have an 11 month old neutered male Lowchen. He has had obedience training and did really well. However, he refuses to listen when he is not on leash, unless he feels like it. I tried taking him to an off leash area, but left the leash attached and dragging behind him. He was off on his own and wouldn't have come back if I didn't grab the leash. He also runs in the opposite direction when my husband calls him and we are inside the house. He used to listen to me, but the older he gets the worse he seems to be. I've had him since he was six months old.
Posted by eyeluvdogs
Oct 23, 2007
To help with the ignoring of the come command, I have taken the following info from the Top 20 Consults ebook (included in the SSF package and with the permission of the SSF Team).

The Come Command Rules:
There are a number of Come Command Rules that I recommend people use:
1. Never call your dog to you for a reprimand.
2. Always call your dog in a happy voice.
3. Always praise your dog for coming to you, even if they have taken their time.
4. Praise your dog for coming to you without having been called.
5. Never call your dog to you for something you know they don't like e.g. baths or visits to the vet.

Another tip is to use a squeaky toy to get his attention.

I also recommend that you continue to use the Alpha Techniques. They will help reinforce all of your training.

Please ensure that you dog is getting lots of exercise, and I would also suggest that you initiate daily obedience lessons with your dog. This will help improve his responsiveness to your commands.

Good luck!
Posted by Okanagan-pet-lover
Oct 24, 2007
I am new to the program and haven't yet read a lot of it. However, I have been using most of the steps in calling my dog. I haven't tried the squeeky toy yet and I'll spend more time reinforcing his obedience lessons. Thanks.
Posted by Annie
Oct 27, 2007
Hi there,
I also tried walking my dog ( even in the garden ) on a really really long thin rope. This meant that I could call her in a sweet voice whilst walking away from her ( or running away happily) and she needed to come or I´d pull in the line. It was slow work...but she got it. It started when she was 'on-heat' and I didn´t trust her off line, and now she comes like a rocket. My calling her and a quick response became automatic. Also, anytime that she was by my side she could normally find a treat in my hand, and as she 'got it' and came running by herself she sometimes got a 'jackpot' ( in my case a small tub of cat food). It was the gambler in her ( I think!) that made her think..."THIS time!!". I also try not to talk non-stop with her when we walk. I don´t want her to be deaf to me....
Posted by mindy
Oct 28, 2007
Hello, dog lovers! I'm a brand new member as of today. My husband and I have a 6 month old (35 lb) Airedale Terrier named Bella (oh yeah, we also have a 6 y/o son and a 4 y/o daughter). We have had her since she was 8 weeks old. She has been to "puppy Kindergarten" for some basic socialization skills, but we have a lot of work to do! I'm especially excited to be able to get the entire family involved in Bella's training. There is a LOT of chaos in my house right now! Bella is a very sweet and enthusiastic puppy; her trainers need help! We are ready to get started!
Hope to share some positive stories of our journey very soon.
Posted by MaxHollyNoah
Nov 3, 2007
Hi there,
I wanted add one tip to "come" command training.

When you practice the command, don't do it where there is a lot of temptation and distraction such as in an off-leash park. Your dog would not hear you and ignore you even if he hears you because he is having a lot of fun or he is more interested in other dogs.

Besides, he would eventually learn to ignore your commands because you would probably keep calling him over and over while he does not come.

I had a same problem with my dog Noah when we adopted him at the age of 1. I used to have my other dog Holly go get him (literally tackle him down so that I could put him on a leash). But now, because of the obedience training and everyday practice at home, he would come to me right away even in the middle of playing at the park.

If you really want to have your dog come to you in an off-leash park, use a different command such as "Over here" in a more casual manner. This way "Come" will become a command that your dog always needs to respond.

Good luck!!
Posted by robert-amshoff
Mar 20, 2013
I am having a terrible time to get my 3 year mixed lab ( Olivia) to COME to me. Whenever she is doing something she just ignores me. We have a place at a lake and I don't want to keep her tied up. I bought a electric fence but she is stare to death of that. She won't come off my Deck. Does anybody have any ideas?
Posted by Preethi KOP
Apr 1, 2013
Hi Robert,

Sorry to hear that your dog is having trouble getting used to the electric fence There is some great advice on this page about the rules to teaching a dog to "come" when it is called. Labs are usually very food-driven so having a treat ready for her when you're training her should show great results. Also, you may want to consider using a dog whistle as you want to be able to have her run around a great big lake.

Hope it goes well!

Posted by janel-goff
Mar 4, 2014
I have a lab/pit/bullmassive dog. She is spayed and a year old. Ever since she was a puppy she has a strong desire too bolt outthe front door and run crazy, and as fast as she can all around the neighborhood,and in the street. I'm so terrified she's going too get hit bya car. I call her, I sit down on the ground and call her quietly, I turn around and try and have her chase me.This goes on for a period of at least 15 minutes. .of anxiety, stress. The only reason I'm able too catch her is beca she comes across a scent and she stops dead in her tracks. I'm so af
Posted by janel-goff
Mar 4, 2014
How do I train her not too dart out of the front door and run away? help please
Posted by Preethi KOP
Mar 5, 2014
Hi Janel,

Thanks for writing in!

We are sorry to hear about what you are going through, it must be so stressful.. What a naughty puppy!

To sort out your problem you will first need to determine what really motivates your dog. Is there a particular toy/treat that she goes absolutely nuts over? If this is the case try having this at hand when the door is opened. Have you started obedience training her? If you haven't already, please do so immediately. Have a look in the secrets to dog training ebook, it has an easy-to-follow 12 week training programme. Your pooch must expand her vocabulary and learn words like sit, stay and no. If you feel that you're not getting anywhere with the 'bolting out the door' issue even after obedience training her, have a read through the alpha training ebook as well and implement the strategies suggested in it. You need to show her who is boss and ensure she is obedient to your every command. Make her 'earn' her food/toys/treats. Get into the habit of a reward system. If she is highly driven by attention/fuss, put her in a 'quiet room' for some alone time as punishment when she does something naughty (~15-30 mins). Remember that punishment MUST be immediately after the act of disobedience for a dog to connect the two, otherwise it is of no use in training them.

If you are really desperate for an immediate and effective solution, you could consider an electric collar. These can be harmful in incorrect doses so please ensure that you do your research before purchasing one. Make sure that you match the electric voltage with the size of your pooch. I would suggest that you try the other methods of training mentioned above and keep this only as a last resort. I am a firm believer of 'do unto others only what you would want them to do to you' and I know for certain that I would want the slightest of electric shocks, I am sure you would agree with me.

Keep us posted on your progress and please don't hesitate to write back if you have any other queries.

Good luck!

Kind regards,