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Old 01-08-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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When I let Fancy outside without leash, she goes to neighbors & won't come back when I call her. As a matter of fact, she goes farther away. She was doing pretty good before the weather turned cold & now we're not outside much. Do I need to put her back to leash training or what? Any suggestions would be appreciated because it is no fun chasing your little yorkie around the neighborhood when it's this cold. Other than this she is wonderful!!!
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If your yard isn't fenced and she tends to run away, I wouldn't let her off leash. She could get lost or hit by a car. Try a retractable leash, and reward her with a BIG reward like boiled chicken so she wants to come back. She probably thinks it is a game to run away. I wouldn't continue encouraging that.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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When I let Fancy outside without leash, she goes to neighbors & won't come back when I call her. As a matter of fact, she goes farther away. She was doing pretty good before the weather turned cold & now we're not outside much. Do I need to put her back to leash training or what? Any suggestions would be appreciated because it is no fun chasing your little yorkie around the neighborhood when it's this cold. Other than this she is wonderful!!!
Please don't let her out ever without a fenced yard or without a leash. You are risking her to be attacked, lost, stolen, ran over by a car....... Please put her on a leash.
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I live in a quiet country subdivision in a cul-de-sac..She was doing just fine before, but since we don't go out much now I think I will have to retrain her.
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Why on earth would you take her out without a leash. one cat, rabbit, squirrel, whatever and she could be GONE.

Is it worth the risk?
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If anything ever almost happens, you will never forget. Scruffs escaped from a house I was house sitting, ran to my house down the street (but I didn't know), and I was looking for him. He saw me, ran across the street. Inches from the car tire. Car slammed on its breaks and barely stopped in time. I will never forget that moment, and I would probably become crazy and never forgive myself if he had died that day. My street isn't too busy either but I wouldn't take the risk if I were you. I would stick to retraining and taking out on a retractable leash for now. Work on rewarding when she comes back, like I said before.
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Why on earth would you take her out without a leash. one cat, rabbit, squirrel, whatever and she could be GONE.

Is it worth the risk?

I hear ya ! When I had a fenced in yard I still watched my 2.....now that I'm in an apartment with a fenced in patio - I have to walk them everyday and even WITH a harness on - they see a cat or any other small animal and boom - they're trying to run ....

Running does NOT work in a harness -it's like demented little bunny hops

if they were off leash they'd run until they caught it or worse - end up miles away.....once they take off - you'd never catch them if they were intent on their mission.

I'd never risk it with a yorkie. As well trained as some are - the impulse to hunt/chase is always there
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Kobe being just over 5 months was fine going outside to use the bathroom and back inside for his treat when he was younger and still getting use to his new home, but now I can't trust him. He too ran down two backyards a few weeks ago and would not come when called. I bought a tie off with a 12 ft cable and now he gets hooked to that when he wants to go outside. The next day after that incident, before I got his tie off leash, I let him out front and he seen a squirrel jump out of the tree to run across the street, Thank goodness when I screamed NO kobe froze in his tracks peed and came in the house.
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Dogs aren't supposed to be fully trusted off leash until they are 2 years old anyways. I read that somewhere.

I live on 3 acres, with 90 acres of farmland behind us so I do let Jackson off leash at times. There's been a few instances where he runs off too far and won't come back but we haven't really worked on recall too much... so back on the leash he goes.

I bought a 50 foot training lead and have been working on him going out all the 50 feet, sniffing, chasing, etc, and then calling and having him come back to me. It's been going pretty good. Always have treats in your pockets =] I definitely wouldn't trust him off leash though in many other areas... just our farm land. And my dad's house... they live out in the country with a street of like 12 houses in the middle of nowhere. I let him jump out of the car off leash and run into my dads house.
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Running does NOT work in a harness -it's like demented little bunny hops
Haha! I am sorry but that is so true, that is exactly what it looks like!

To the OP, I don't think it is worth the risk of losing your dog.
I would keep your baby on a leash at all times when outside.
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#1 Have you taught her to come when called?
Does she come to you everytime, in the house?
Go back to training the command to come when called. Come and Stay/Stop are the 2 most important commands you can teach. All of my dogs know exactly what these mean and will not chase if I say stay. You can train her if you repeat it enough and carry thru. If she gets by with it, she will continue to do it.
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#1 Have you taught her to come when called?
Does she come to you everytime, in the house?
Go back to training the command to come when called. Come and Stay/Stop are the 2 most important commands you can teach. All of my dogs know exactly what these mean and will not chase if I say stay. You can train her if you repeat it enough and carry thru. If she gets by with it, she will continue to do it.
totally agree - and my boy is still iffy with come in the house - so he is never off lead outside. We do use the retractable lead when I teach come outside where there are every so many distractions. I'm starting to think he's going to be 8 years old before I trust him off lead. lol
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I had the same problem with my dog. It was a big joke with my neighbors because they would all be inside laughing at me chasing around a little dog. I finally got him trained by first taking him out on a long leash and letting him out a little and calling him back, then giving him a treat when he would come. I also let him see me put treats in my coat pocket before we go out so he knows they are there. I kept working with the leash for a couple days letting him go out further and further, then I started taking him out on a leash and letting him go once we were in the backyard. Now all I have to say is come here and he will run right to me. Now he even ignores my neighbors dogs and comes right to me! Now if only I could get it to work on my Lab. I tried the same thing with her and now as soon as we go out she just sits in front of me waiting for her treat!
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boo-boo, that's encouraging, but how (hard) do you 'work the long leash' with a 5 lb harnessed male who wilfully ignores you? We have reached the day that it's time to let Frisco know that Come means Come.

The words of an old teacher came back to me when we got home from a good field romp today, as Frisco rounded off to slink to the same spot as yesterday where neighbor had a new dog visitor, while I just headed for the door, but, it turns out that interestingly enough he hesitated when he didn't find me following him. So when I blithely came to see where he was, I found him standing in chase me mode, but his heart wasn't in it. While I hoped he didn't bolt because he knew I wasn't amused, it turned out he was actually just very hungry.

So, well and good, I know it's long leash training time, but what is likely to be the effective reprimand for a soft playful yorkie who isn't hungry? How does the 'follow through' go? It should be pretty unpleasant, right? Semi-drag by the scruff? What? I want to be very careful not to make him hate my guts.
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I have hawks, coyotes, and a fenced yard. They are never out, without me! And if I go out, where the yard is not fenced, they are leashed!
My lab was hit by a motorcycle, when he was a couple of years old, and was VERY reliable on recall. He ran across the road, to come home, between two bikes. He was ok, after a couple of weeks, but I don't take chances. PERIOD! My heart does NOT need the workout!
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