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Old 03-27-2005, 08:57 PM
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We're also having big issues with the dog escaping. If she escapes, she will keep running away and we have to run after her. We call her name but she ignores us and keeps on trutting away. If we eventually find her and get close enough, we have to lure in close with treats. My parents are the primary caretarkers and I know that they won't always have time to go after the dog. It's getting ridiculous! In one instance, both of my parents spent two hours trying to convince the dog to come back. I'm beginning to worry that our neighbors think we're abusing the poor dog! What is going on? We always give her treats when she comes and we call her and she has a big backyard that is hers to roam in, so why does she always insist on running away? Just the other day, when it was raining and cold, our dog found a way to escape and I almost caught a cold running after the poor thing. We can't continue to do this!

Also, she is scared to death of the clicker! I tried to use the clicker and as soon as I did, she ran outside and when I dragged her in, she was shivering! I tried the clicker again in my room she ran under the desk and wouldn't come back out (needlessly to say, the clicker lies in a desk drawer now). She had the same problem with a bicycle horn. What is going on? Is it normal for her to be so afraid of certain sounds? How can I convince her that it's ok?

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Old 03-27-2005, 10:14 PM
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Hi Yohan,

Firstly, clicker-training isn't the only way to train a dog...and definately not the way to train your dog from the sounds of it.

The first thing I'd do if I was you would be to teach your dog to come. To start with, find a quiet room with no escape and have a seat on the floor. While your pup is checking things out, tap on the floor and say 'come'. When she does, give her the verbal praise and a treat. Do this for a while. When your pup's proficient at this, work on it in the house. I found tapping on the floor first always brought Jake but I'd always say 'come' as well - and always reward her when she gets it right.

Once your pup's got the 'come' command inside, put her on a long leash (16 or more feet), take her outside and do the drill again, over and over again, until she's got it without question and without delay. Once that's been sorted out, try her off the leash. The main thing you have to do is make sure your pup knows what you want, and that you're serious about it. She has to understand that by listening and performing the nessessary task, good things (ie, treats) happen - and only when she listens. The whole premise behind this is a dog has to learn to trust his/her caregiver first. Once that's down, they then need to earn your trust. If you don't earn her trust/respect, you get nowhere.

Because your parents are the primary caregivers, they have to be made a part of this. Once your pup's got the 'come' command down with you, you have to have them issue the commands and give the rewards - it does them no good if she only listens to you and not them.

Also, don't start her out off the leash too soon. Make sure she'll come when she's sniffing something interesting or sees a bird or other distraction. Otherwise, it's all for naught. However, once she's got this down, if she does get out of the yard, she will come when called - saving everyone a headache.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-27-2005, 10:18 PM
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Quick question as I'm tired.

Is she spayed?
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Old 03-28-2005, 01:19 AM
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How is she escaping? You need to address this issue first. Escapes happen, but they should be rare, and you should learn from them every time they do happen. If she's continuing to escape over and over again, you or your family is not doing something right. Find out how she's escaping, and then make sure it's not possible for that to happen again.

If she's darting out the front door, you can take steps to make sure that doesn't happen. If she's escaping from her collar on walks, you can use a Martingale Collar. If she's jumping the fence, you can keep her on a tie out until the fence is secured. If the gate to the fence is open, you can add a lock to it.

After you've got a handle on her escaping, then you can work on training her recall, and acclimating her to uncomfortable noises (never sooth her, instead act happy).

Does she like going for car rides? I've found that in the rare times when my dog escapes, it's best for me to just go get the car, drive around and open up the door and my dog will jump in the car. If that's not possible, then you need to make yourself more interesting than whatever the dog is chasing. If you're just running after the dog and yelling for the dog to come, she's going to keep running because she feels like she's leading the chase and it's a fun game for her. Play dead, start juggling treats, turn around and run the other way, clap and sing, whatever works to get her to come to you, instead of you trying to get to her.
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Old 03-28-2005, 11:41 AM
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Yohan, some questions: what kind of dog is she; how old is she; have you raised her from a pup or was she a rescue?
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Old 03-28-2005, 12:56 PM
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She is a mutt (who looks like a manchester terrier or a min pin), she's 2 years old. We got her from a rescue and she is not spayed yet. Thanks for all the advice
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Old 03-28-2005, 01:35 PM
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Well, she's probably running away because she is not spayed and she's probably going to return with babies in her belly if she hasn't already. Are you going to get her spayed?
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:20 PM
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yes, we are (going to get her spayed)
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:32 PM
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I'm sure that will help some.
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:45 AM
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if u really want to try clicker training you can buy a clicker with quieter tones witch she might not be affraid of

But i wud not use a clicker for this problem..
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