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Posted by Desiree
on 3/26/2019, 12:55 am
You may remember me, I brought my GSD Cash to train with you two summers back. He's been really great, just a couple things. Are the terrible threes a thing with dogs? I've noticed behaviors that were previously easily corrected, it's like now he's testing boundaries to see what he can get away with. He's still exceptionally submissive to me (he's starting to puff out his chest a little more around other dogs at the park) given his age and being intact, so I don't think the behaviors will necessarily escalate, I just want him to keep in mind that I'm the boss, not him. Also, do you recommend anyone in the Middle Tennessee area for training? Specifically off leash recall-if not, I'm not opposed to bringing him up for a polishing up on basic obedience and possibly trying out protection work if you have time this spring/summer or even fall. Today he took off after a rabbit and there was absolutely no attention paid to me trying to call him back. He was out of sight briefly but did come back looking very pleased with himself (I did pet and praise him for coming back despite really wanting to wring his neck!). I'm nearly certain my response of chasing him up the muddy hill in flip flops, yelling his name like the village idiot was not the correct response, but I panicked. For the most part, the 100+ acres he has to wander on my boyfriend's farm is safe, but there is a section of highway not far from the house which is my biggest fear. What is my best move A) when he bolts and B) to curb the chase instinct? There are rabbits everywhere and I'd prefer to work towards giving him more freedom rather than giving him a shorter leash, so to speak. Is it safe to trust that he will give up and come back? It's almost beyond my ability to calmly sit on the porch and wait for him, I feel like I have to look and attempt to call him back. Hope all is well, thanks in advance for your input!