Recall!!! Our biggest problem. And holding commands
I am going to start working our Doby more soon as she FINALLY seems to be getting out of her puppy phase and will listen. My primary problem is recall and one in which I am not used to fighting with retrievers.
I had an issue the other day when we were out and a neighbor walked by with their little dog. She spotted it and I told her NO and STAY, she got around me and ran towards the dog. I was not the least concerned with her biting the dog but anyone would be scared of a big Doby running towards them at full steam! Then if I yell at the dog, it looks like I am worried.
I know she just wants to meet people and was brought up that way but I must work on this pronto. I am curious if the treat thing works well, a long lead and how you work the lead for that, or something else? We are certainly getting better and I usually push her all the way to a full "heel" and "sit" beside me, then I pet her. I am also wondering if I get her more excercise if that will help most of this?
I am also working on longer duration commands such as laydown and stay. I need her to stay untell I tell her to come. She holds for a few minutes, then wanders.