jami74 Posted July 26, 2018 Report Share Posted July 26, 2018 Our beautiful puppy is 16 weeks old, and yes, a little bit reactive to moving vehicles. Every day I take him out on our quiet little road where we have plenty of warning that a car is coming and we practice on focusing on me for a sit and down while it passes. His response ranges from totally focussed on me with just a little twitch of his ear as it passes, if I catch his attention in time, to lunging and barking if I do absolutely nothing. He is similarly attracted to bicycles but to a lesser extent. I feel like we are moving in the right direction but respect that he is a young collie and am not expecting perfection quickly. Yesterday we went up on the hills for a walk. It is generally very quiet, miles from any main roads and fenced off to prevent access to vehicles. He was off lead from the beginning, calmly pottering along with us sniffing and exploring but always keeping close. It was perfect; birdsong, a breeze blowing through the wheat, blackberries to munch on, beautiful views and the sun going down behind the hills. We met two other walkers with a dog each so said a cheery hello but carried on walking and he had a quick sniff and wag with the other dogs and recalled easily to stay with us. As we neared the end of the walk there is a clearing, an open field between us and our car. We saw a walker with a dog on the lead so slowed up to allow them time to get out of our range to prevent any unwanted greetings from our puppy and when I thought it was all clear, started to walk across. Out of nowhere and with no warning appeared to teens/young adults on bikes. I've never seen bikes up there which is why we chose it for a safe off lead walk. Our puppy heard/saw them before us and took off at lightening speed, ears flapping behind him and deaf to our voices. As mortifying as it was it was also slightly awesome to see him moving so fast with purpose, he wasn't chasing them, he was curving round to head them off. The riders appeared to see it as a challenge to race this puppy and gave chase, swerving round him when they caught up with him, across the car park and off down the lane. As our puppy hit the gravel car park he hesitated, maybe due to the change under foot and to the noise of the bikes. We recalled him and he returned immediately. Had it not just followed a bike race it would have been a perfect recall from quite a distance away. I'm disappointed in myself for not having spotted the bikes before he did I don't want to keep him on the lead forever, he is at his most relaxed when just pottering along with us. Has anyone got any tips on things to train to help prevent surprises like this again please? He hates the lead, finds it frustrating and grabs/chews it. I tried a long lead thinking that it would offer him extra freedom but he finds it even more frustrating as there is more of it flapping around him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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