Our 7 month old Springer Spaniel pulls and wont come
Our 7 month old Springer Spaniel Maisy has recently stopped returning to me when out in the fields. She's always had excellent recall (taught from 8 weeks) and she still does when we're in the home.
She's always loved being off the lead and bouncing up and down through our local fields but a few weeks ago when I called her it was as though she had gone deaf! I ran away and hid but she remained in the field. When I finally spotted her and went to get her, she had a baby pheasant in her mouth!
She dropped it and I put her on her lead and she was pulling and going crazy trying to get to it... Choking herself and out of control. I now realise that her previous enjoyment in the fields was due to her self hunting pheasants.. Although she will chase any type of bird!
I've tried letting her off her lead since, using tasty treats, balls, toys, frisbee's and fuss but she soon gets bored and disappears into the long grass. I now have her on an extendible lead but she runs as fast as she can to the end of it, nearly pulling my arm out the socket.
She is a very excitable dog out of the house and doesn't listen to me when other dogs are nearby either.. Pulling and going crazy on the lead until she chokes. Being a typical Springer, she hates the lead and I know she isn't happy.
I would be really grateful for any advice as I feel I've tried everything now :( From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
First I have recently discovered a product that has stopped George from pulling. I got a stop pull harness from pets at home, and it is now so pleasant to walk with him on the lead. Take her into the shop with you and you can try it on before you buy it.
Second it sounds as if her experience of finding the pheasant has ignited something in her which is only to be expected as that is was she is designed to do.
I would suggest go back to basics of recall training, do this after her walk. Repeat all the drills that you did in the past when she was younger to get her to recall initially and it should click into place. If she was good before it will come back to her
Good luck and let us know how she is doing.
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