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  1. No, she can not run too much, but she CAN range. While you are training her recall, it won't hurt her to stay a bit closer to you. And if you really want her to run without limitations, let her loose in a fenced in field. Then, if she blows off a recall, no harm (i.e. she can not escape to run after birds or run away on a road) - except that you know that she needs to stay on the long line longer and needs more training. So sad for her, but hey, at least it is information you can use to know where you are in your training.
  2. Great. Glad you found a source. I don't think you need to go much longer than 30-40 feet. Much longer would be VERY heavy and cumbersome. The lead should be long enough to allow some freedom, but not so long that it is heavy and impacts the dog when dragging it. If it is too long, you can always cut it.
  3. Good for you to go back to basics. Another game is 'monkey in the middle'. This game requires a second person. In the beginning, start closer together in an area without distractions, preferably fenced. Again, if you are worried about Minnie running away, keep a long line on her. Stand/kneel about 10 feet apart. One person kneels/squats and holds the dog by the chest (you don't want pressure on her neck by holding by the collar), the other person calls and reinforces heavily when she comes (jackpot treats, toy or tug play). The second person can either stand for recall or run away. Mix it up.
  4. Recall is so important so please indulge me if I nerd out on it. Even if your vet has BCs, it doesn't mean that she should generalize training advice. Each situation is unique. Do you have a farm/land that they can run around on without too much negative consequences. Maybe your vet does so she can be more lax (I know I am) when allowing the pups more freedom from the leash. If I lived in a suburban situation, I wouldn't allow my pup off-leash after a week or so. Does she have other dogs that have good recalls? Since my pup likes to follow the older dogs around, I use the older dogs to he
  5. A lot of good suggestions here. First: IMHO, your recall command has not been 'poisoned'. To me, the command is poisoned if the dog is consistently exposed to negative consequences when the command is used. I don't read that in your responses, so I would say (as have others) that you just have to work on consistency in a distracting environment. I agree with keeping her on a long line so if she blows you off when she has her 'freedom' (or she thinks she is free because she is 30 or 40 feet away), you can reel her back in. Just calmly reel her back in without saying anything (but I o
  6. IME, IF you are consistent in your training, they will turn the corner in a couple of months. I think the mistake some people make is to think that the dog is being stubborn or hard-headed and continue to train as if they should be continuing on an upwardly linear training journey. The dog gets frustrated and your relationship can suffer. Relax, go back to some basic skills, make the dog successful and happy. It is only a short time in the scheme of things. They are STILL a 'puppy' after the teenage years and need the appropriate training. I would consider the 1.5-2 year old benchmark ab
  7. Beautiful little girl. She is doing fine. Right now, she is in her TEENAGE years. Each dog is different, but this phase usually hits around 5, 6 or 7 months. Very common when pups seem to be very distracted, lose some of their training and generally want to blow you off because they are REALLY beginning to notice the outside world. i.e. you are no longer all important. LOL. Generally, you keep working on foundation training (you may have to go back to more basic learning just because they are testing the boundaries and you want them to have as much success as possible.) Just grit your t
  8. My dogs do more licking of the traditional Kongs (cone-shaped with hollow interior) than actual chewing. I do think that the Kong company makes other chew toys that may fit the gnaw/chew category.
  9. Not sure how long these last, but this company sources USA and doesn't use chemicals. These seem to fit your criteria. I have not used them but am impressed by how 'clean' they seem based on their marketing claims. I just bought the large cow ears, which I cut in 1/2 before giving to my dogs (4). They lasted about 10-20 minutes depending on which dog. https://smile.amazon.com/Sancho-Lolas-6-inch-Grain-Free-Boutique/dp/B01HK470B0/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=3S9WZKXNIU4ZG&dchild=1&keywords=sancho+and+lola&qid=1613677929&sprefix=sancho%2Caps%2C265&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa
  10. The first thing I would do is check her teeth. Are they clean or do they have tartar on them? Depending on how dirty they are, you could get her checked out soon by a vet, or if they aren't too bad, try attacking the problem yourself until Jessie's next check-up and make sure you have a conversation with your vet about her teeth and bad breath. In the short term, I would consider getting a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste and trying to brush them. Also, (as recommended to me by a vet), give her a Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic dog chew once a week. She says her dogs' teeth have never been so cle
  11. ** I give him lots of praise for checking in, we play hide and seek, and I will also change directions on him when he hasn’t checked-in to keep him on his toes. I’ve learned to trust that he will find me (the nose goes!), but after heavily practicing recall, we need the next level up. ** I have re-read your OP and the replies. In response to one reply, you say that he loves food, and you also say (above) that you give him lots of praise for checking in. TBH, giving him praise is sort of a ho-hum reinforcement. When I train recall (which is of critical importance), I pull out the REALLY
  12. Adorable little girl! I hope you can continue to update us, and am glad that this forum has been helpful.
  13. Thank you for rescuing Rooster. He sounds like a gem. You have only had him for a very short time, and are expecting too much from him. It is too much to expect the type of connection and obedience you are currently asking for after only 2 1/2 months, when he has had 6 YEARS to practice unwanted behavior. I wouldn't expect the level of distant connection that you want for at least 6 months to a year. Just be patient. Continue to do everything you are doing to increase confidence and to build a connection. IMHO, using a collar at this stage may backfire. Again, PATIENCE will be your f
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