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    DefaultSpring Fever?

    HK (14 month old spayed female) has been great on recall since December. Not perfect, but never bolts, and when I think she might be getting ready to I can stop her with voice command. Does she come instantly on a Come or heal command? Usually, maybe 90%. But she always makes her way to me without detour, maybe a stop for a special sniff of something.

    Today she bolted three times. Once at the dog park, once on return home, and again when out for her evening poop. What does bolt mean? At the dog park, going beyond the boundaries, not returning when called and running 50 feet further away instead. At home, bolting across the street to visit a neighbors dog. bolting to the rear of the house across the frozen creek in pursuit of a squirrel. All things she has previously listened to her commands to return. So, i sthe warmer weather stimulating some kind of defiant spring fever? Do I back up and put a long lead on her immediately or give it a few days to staighten out?
    Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.

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    DefaultRe: Spring Fever?

    get her back on a long line and up the ante for fast recalls... she is in a phase- a teen as it were with lots of cool spring distractions
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    DefaultRe: Spring Fever?

    I'd get the long line out too and do some reminder training. I know Mocha and Zeus have been extra subborn about coming in latley too I think with it warming up some there are more interesting smells around not to mention the extra critters running around. Zeus is facinated with the squirrls and birds and darts out the door to the back fence every time hoping to catch one (lol fat chance the fence is in the way).
    It's better to be safe expecially if there is a road around where she can get hit.

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    DefaultRe: Spring Fever?

    Puff went through some periodic phases of seeming to forget previously well-learned commands. I think her last was at about 13 months age.

    I'm not a fan of considering Lab behavior as "teenage" and you've probably already read (or ignored) my long posts about this.

    What worked well for Puff was to go to a NiLiF feeding/training protocol. At meal times we practiced her repertoire of commands -- obeying each one gave her another small bite of kibble. A few days of this and order was restored.
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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