I just had a scare. I was taking Leena out to use the bathroom, and even though I am constantly tightening her collar, she wriggled loose (scared by a rolling garbage can... it's windy today). Luckily, I was able to coax her around the apartment to our door in the back by saying "C'mon, Leena, let's go!" It took the promise of Honey Bunches of Oats to finally get her inside.
The moral of the story is that I need to continuously check her collar, and everyone else should, too. Never knew it'd get so loose on its own!
Jane is so right! Get yourself some bacon, turkey, etc. Start that emergency call training. I use two. I can whistle real loud or I use a word they never hear otherwise (therefore no confusion on the command). All my neighbors know the word in case they get out of the yard. Something you can yell real loud if need be. Multisyllabic words are easier for the dog to recognise when yelled. My two can be chasing a cat (their personal favorite) and will stop immediately and return on the emergency call. You must give special treats when they comply and fuss over them big time.
I live in an urban setting on a quiet street that connects to one of the busiest streets in the city. An emergency call and the stop command are as essential as potty training. A stop command is important in my area. If they are, let's say across the street, you may not want them to run back across. The stop command makes them stay where they are until you can retrieve them.
My corgi is like all other corgis. She is totally deaf when given a command she does not feel like doing. LOL The stop and emergency command promises good eats and lots of praise!
My CoJack complies, but if it is exciting like a cat or something, she whines and dances the whole time. It is comical.
I kind of had a scare the other day. My yard does not have a fence, so I go out with Scout, and she stays in the yard, or I put her out on a tie out for a couple minutes if I can't watch her...
So, I come home the other day and see a note on my door: "Door was wide open, black and white dog outside, put dog back inside and closed door"
It was from my neighbor, and I guess Scout was a good dog and she was just chilling on the porch waiting for someone to come along.. Luckily, the cat (who I do not think would have stayed in the yard at all) was locked in the other room for the day. Don't know how my door was open, as it's not even the door I use, but glad nothing bad happened.
o wow that is a big scare! im glad she came back to u.
when teddy was just a young and i was leash training him i put him on his normal flat buckle collar but while i was walking a mom with some kids was passing by, teddy got so excited by seeing the kids that he broke out of his collar and ran into the middle of the street while a car was coming. i thank God that the driver was paying attention as he stopped in time. i said absolutely no more buckle collars. the same day i went out and bought him a harness and leash trained him on that, i never had a problem after that but i will say i do also have a martingale collar as not all situations call for a harness (like just walking from the car to the dog dog park) if u tighten the martingale collar just right it will not choke them and they cant escape from them
I am unable to walk my pups so we play outside a lot, recall for me is "treats'. They occasionally sneak out the front door and my goodness I am scared, they run around the front yard but I say "treat" and they run in. And it will be a good treat too.