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Hi all,

We have an adorable cockapoo who has just turned one and loves everyone - dogs and humans. He has the most sweet nature and wouldn't hurt a fly however sometimes his friendly way gets him in trouble as he will literally bolt whenever he sees another dog (any breed) in the park/on walks as he wants to play. No matter what treat we have on offer (we have tried lots) he will not take any notice of us when trying to get him to stop / come back.

Whilst I love the fact he is so friendly, some dog owners are not so keen when he comes hurtling towards their dog from no-where. Plus it's worrying when he is so far away from us and get across a park in no time at all. We had a scary experience recently whereby he bolted off to say hi to a Jack Russel and the two of them ended up getting out of a gate which had been left slightly ajar and played chase on the road.

Any advice would be really appreciated.

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Use a long training line to prevent him making his own choices whilst you are really working on his recall.


Dogs running up to others can cause serious issues to folk with worried, injured or reactive dogs and puts your dog at risk of being injured by another dog as well as the road issue you have already experienced.

A good reward based trainer will be able to help you with recall but basically you need to find things to do with your dog which he will find rewarding so things like playing tuggy or games to keep him enjoying his interaction with you instead of thinking he gets fun only from other dogs.
 

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Excellent - when it arrives head out to the park to do some training with it. The ideal scenario is a dog quite a distance away who is not interested in him. He will run to the end of the long line and then can't get any closer. Do not call him whilst he is intent on the other dog, just hold the line (or stand on the end) to stop him going further and wait until he stops concentrating on the other dog and either glances back at you or at least looks away from the other dog, at that point put everything you have into calling him and when he gets to you reward him like a king, tons of toys, treats, fuss whatever he loves! If he blanks you when you call him and goes back to watching the other dog walk up the long line to halve the distance between you and again wait for him to lose concentration.
 
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