ourwully Posted March 5, 2015 Report Share Posted March 5, 2015 Juno is now 17 months old and is a wonderful dog. I got her when she was 10 weeks old and, for the most part, all of her training has been positive. About a month ago I realized that her recalls were sloppy and that I was just kidding myself that she was improving so I decided to put her on a long line with the end cut off and start counting to make sure I did at least 20 recalls a day. We walk for two 45 minute unleashed walks a day (with long line attached) and I make sure we do at least 10 recalls to the words "Juno Come" and at least 2 recalls to a sports whistle so most days she is close to 30 recalls. I also do recalls in the house. Since I have started counting them she has only missed a couple of recalls and even those she has returned but slowly. Although this sounds impressive I have been careful to never call her if I think she won't come because of a distraction of some sort. Fortunately, the woods we walk in is fairly safe so I haven't had to recall her in an emergency situation and I have the long line as a bit of a backup. The other thing I should mention is that she may wander off 50 yards or so once and a while, but she still always follows along with me and will check in frequently. So overall, our walks are very pleasant and I am very happy with our progress. When I look back at the last year I think I have done a lot of good training and I have certainly put in the time, but part of me wonders if maturity rather than training has been the biggest factor. So, although I am happy with the recall, I am still not convinced that it is 100% yet even though I am convinced that it will be 100% when she reaches full maturity. There is one other area where I am waiting for maturity to kick in and that is meeting other people or dogs. When Juno sees a person on our walks she wants to pull if she is on leash, and if she is off leash she wants to run up to them and jump up (in a friendly way). To deal with this I have been using the "Look at That" game and this is always successful if I see the person first and we can maintain a distance of about three to four feet. The long line is also useful here so if I see someone coming along I grab the long line and use it as a leash. We have been using the Look at that game for at least a year now and it always works at a distance so overall the meeting people is not a big problem for us. Over time the game has helped Juno to deal with cars, bicycles, other dogs and almost any distraction so I am really happy about this but if we get really close to a person she will still jump up unless I have her sit, and even then, she might jump up the odd time. So to sum this issue up, I would say I am not confident in her meeting behaviours right now but I am confident that they will be good when she reaches full maturity. I hope the background I have given is sufficient to set up my bigger questions about positive training and maturity. 1. Is Juno a typical 17 month old in that she is mostly trained and getting better daily? 2. With positive training, do I just have to wait, until she matures before I can expect 100% recall and no jump meetings with people. 3. Does the speed of training depend on the individual dog and its rate of maturity. 4. How do you deal with emergencies with positive training. I apologize for this convoluted post but I am struggling with the actual question I want answered. Bill Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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