Springer with a criminal record! Recall advice needed.
We have a rescue Springer bitch, spayed, nearly 5 years old. Her basic training (sit, stay, leave it etc)is good - the problem is recall. We have been to dog training classes with her, and practised off lead recall in the garden and in an enclosed field and out on walks on an extendable lead, and she's good at it then, but once she is off lead on a walk it's as though she just becomes deaf to us calling her. She goes off in a world of her own and completely ignores us. Last time this happened my husband lost sight of her completely and couldn't find her - turned out she'd decided to make her way home, crossed a busy road (!) and was finally caught by kind passers by who took her to the Police Station - she had to be collected from the cells! After this little episode, we just daren't let her off lead, but we would love to be able to do so. We'd rather not walk her on an extendable lead for ever, but we daren't risk losing her. Any advice? We've tried treats (loves them but they don't bring her back), whistle (ignores it) retrieving a ball (ditto).
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