kcooper Posted September 7, 2014 Report Share Posted September 7, 2014 Hi everyone! I'm not completely new to the forum. More of a longtime lurker. I would greatly appreciate any advice to this post! I'm at a total loss here. Anywhoo...So. My BC pup, Bowie - one month short of a year old now. Has entered the teenager phase. I'm having a really hard time with his stubbornness. The biggest issue currently is during outdoor playtime. I can't place any rhyme or reason to it. Some days he's wonderful. Comes when called. Always retrieves his toy happily. Other days. A bee flying by steals his attention. And that's its. He's off in search of greener pastures. His ears shut off and he's oblivious to my calls. Well, not totally oblivious. He will turn to me and stare from a distance. Like he sees me there. Calling. Yet it's a stand off. If I so much as take a step in his direction he turns and makes a dash for freedom. The stare off can last nearly a minute. It's like blatant defiance. It's a rare occurrence. Maybe once a week. Several good days in a row. Then one bad day. Now granted he does come back home within a few minutes. On his own good will. But I hate that I can't be sure if and when this will happen. We live rurally. So putting up a fence would cost a fortune. But I've tried different methods. Treats work. Off and on. Walking in the opposing direction has worked. Off and on. What can I do here? My apologies for the long post. Any advice I would be great! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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