9 month old springer spaniel who has suddenly lost recall training!

by Vicky Jordan
(Birmingham)

Lottie is 9 months and I have had her from 8 weeks. She is very obedient and will do all her commands sit, paw, down etc... and up until two weeks ago she was a pleasure to take out with perfect recall and didn't run off just stayed with us. Now she is a nightmare. She isn't interested in other dogs or people. It is like she gets the scent of something or sees something and is off into the woods at top speed ears down and deaf to all our calls. She is never gone for long usually returns within 3 minutes wagging her tail like she has been there all along. She has also begun to not want to go back on her lead. We have tried tennis balls and they work to an extent but she still does have little flights. She is not interested or motivated by any type of treat we have tried all sorts of brought products, scratching, cooked chicken and liver!I don't want to have to put her on an extenable lead but it is too dangerous if I cant get her back on the lead when I need to. Any ideas why she seems to have gone back 5 months?? Help!!!!


From Anna~love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
Your SPringer has become a teenager and is pushing the boundaries. Go back to your basics that got her so good at the recall eg rewarding the good, ignoring the bad and it will come back to her.

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Nov 16, 2011
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by: Jackie, Glasgow

I know how you feel. My 8 month old working cocker is the same and only the other day found a hole in a fence and nearly ended up getting knocked down on the motorway. We have gone back to basics and hopefully this will work as its spoiling our walks.

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by: Anonymous

Ohh yeah i know how you feel, tails wagging uncontrollably, nose going a million miles an hour, and their of in their own world.

I agree go back to basics and make it understood who is in charge, it worked for us and our now 17 month old boy is back on track and nice and obedient. It was like the lights came back on suddenly at around 15 months of age.

Good luck :-)

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by: mistyborn spaniels

most pups around 8/9mths go through what is there teenager time of not listening and being stroppy! It mainly happens with the boys but the girls do have it too plus if she hasnt already had one shes probably near her 1st season and this will affect her behaviour! Id keep an eye out for the season and go back to basics with the training and not let her get away with being naughty by prasing the good and ignoring the bad! All the best, adam

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