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    Is there a general guideline for when I might expect Piper to be able to be off leash and stay in our yard? Piper is seven months and basically spent the majority of her time in a fenced back yard (by that I mean when she was outside she was usually with one of us, playing and stuff). Now we live on an unfenced acre. So, way more room, a creek for her to play in, deer to stalk, etc, HOWEVER now we can't just go outside and play with her. Her recall sucks so we put two long leads together for her so she has a long run but it is still a run and only stretches so far. Not to mention she will chase the birds, squirrels, deer (all who apparently are more intelligent than her) aroung the big huge maple trees and get stuck. I can't wait to be able to just go outside and play with her again.

    Any ideas on a time frame? Just so I can have something to look forward to? My goal is the end of summer... by then she will be almost one and we will have more time in at this house so maybe all the sights and sounds won't be so exciting to her.

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    What are you doing to TRAIN her to be responsible and reliable off-leash? They just don't hit a magic age and are reliable. You need to work with them on a check-line, train boundaries, etc. The time frame will depend on how much time you take to train and how consistent you are with that training.
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    What Dani said. Took mine about a year (starting at 15 months) to get to a point where he's 100% reliable off leash.

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    You could train her on an e-collar....

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowbelly View Post
    You could train her on an e-collar....
    the ecollar is just a tool. the training steps still need to be followed. dont just put an ecollar on the dog and buzz.

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    And you could train yourself on an e-collar too. They are not meant to be used for basic training. They are meant for ADVANCED off-leash training like field work. That is the only time I've ever trained on an e-collar. My boys were already reliable off leash when I collar conditioned them for advanced field work (distances of 100+ yards away).
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    So, I'm confused. I can only work with her when she is on a leash (and by this I assume you mean calling her to me and then rewarding her) and she does that really well. I don't get how that helps when the leash is off because then she is off and running. In the house she will come whenever I call her also. The problem is outside...and I don't see what will make her change?

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    Perhaps try a check line u can make them long I used a 25ft one when training my dog.

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    Hey Piper
    One of my favorite people
    make sure you have some great treats for training
    Start making Chicken Jerky
    Durylane taught me
    It is not rocket science
    Partially frozen chicken or beef
    Cut in thin slices
    Bake at 275 to 300 for 2 to 3 hours (unless you have a dehydrater)
    1 pound make a ton of chicken
    You realy can't screw this up

    Right now I am using a 30 ft lead
    Having Moses sit
    The tell him COMW SIT
    As soon as Piper comes have her sit
    But give her something special to come to
    I am not there with Moses yet
    but when I practice this I use special treats


    Talk u later

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    Quote Originally Posted by piperpuppy View Post
    So, I'm confused. I can only work with her when she is on a leash (and by this I assume you mean calling her to me and then rewarding her) and she does that really well. I don't get how that helps when the leash is off because then she is off and running. In the house she will come whenever I call her also. The problem is outside...and I don't see what will make her change?
    progression.
    satrt indoors with no distractions. when the dog is 100%, you can slowly add LOW LEVEL distractions. indoors, you can work on distance, and distraction.
    Then you take the training outdoors. by this i mean from scratch. outdoors is HIGH DISTRACTION so you start easy - very close, on a long line. Slowly increase that.

    ONLY use the word when you KONW the dog will come. Use a new word to re-train.

    again, slowly add distractions and distance one at a time (not both).

    you can let the pup drag their long line (be there to supervise) and practice.

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