5 1/2 month old springer now misbehaving

by LB

My 5 and a half month old springer has generally been well behaved since we got him at 10 weeks and we have had a lot of success with his training.

The past week all of that has changed like a switch has been flicked! The main problem being when let off the lead in open spaces (parks and fields). Where he used to return immediately on command to us he now runs around ignoring us to the point where it's become almost impossible to get him back on the lead. We've tried ignoring him, lots of treats and praise when he eventually does return but it seems to be all falling on deaf ears. Any ideas what is causing this? Is he simply testing us to see what he can get away with?! We've started whistle training in the hope that this will spark his interest in coming back to us.


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