Thank you! Yes, Sisko and I still have a long way to go to get to 100% reliability, so I need to move on to more distractions. I can move on to train right in front of the apartment complex office because there is more distractions there and the vet office parking lot when they're closed.Well that all is very good as beginnings. Now do what you have to to make it all 100% reliable with even more distractions as you continue to make progress. In the proofers' world you only need about 5997 moe successes to consider Sisko to be bomb proof. I know that sounds like I am trying to be a buzz kill, but I am really just being a realist.
Thank you 💗I'm very impressed with Sisko's and your progress! Good work.
What's your goal with crossing the street? I have to say - I would be very very nervous not having a leash on my dog on anything but a slow, dead-end street. Gracie was extremely reliable off-leash, but I didn't even take that chance with her.
Maybe it's because I've personally been hit while crossing at an intersection, and I know how quickly things can go wrong despite doing everything right.
Just be careful, you two!
It's been ten years and my heart still beats faster each time I step off the curb.I wouldn't be able to cross the street for a long time after that.
Wow I know me and anyone else's heart would do the same.It's been ten years and my heart still beats faster each time I step off the curb.
I'm glad to hear you're being extra careful. The challenge I find crossing a street with a dog is that you have to focus on your dog AND traffic. And if you look away from either for even a second, tragedy can occur. It happens so fast.
Tell Sisko he'd better be on his best behaviour! Tell him Peggy said so!
I can ask our trainer if she has any recommendations on where to take him to. Thank you, so much.I have to say that I'd feel better if you were working on dropped leash in a safer environment. Is there a school yard or playing field nearish, somewhere that he's less likely to be startled and possibly get hurt?
I lost my first poodle, Mimi, when she stepped in the street and was hit and killed. I can't bear to think of that happening to Sisko and the only way to be 100% is to keep the leash in hand.
What's the longest line you recommend? And is there a specific type of rope that's best? Or one to avoid?For the goal of working recalls you use a long line (even in a yard or training facility) since you cannot allow a dog to blow off an order to recall. If the dog blows the handler off you use the long line to get them to come promptly and briskly.
What's the longest line you recommend? And is there a specific type of rope that's best? Or one to avoid?
I'd like one for throwing a frisbee at the beach.
I have a 30ft leash for Sisko, so that he can play in the field behind my apartment with his flirt pole. Should I get a 20ft instead? should the 30ft leash only be used for recalls?Well now I have lots of long lines. I have regular cotton/nylon leashes at 20' that I use for doing CGC evaluations. I also have biothane as well as nylon woven leashes in several weights for tracking with all three dogs. They are forty feet. I only use them for tracking. I think they are too long for play. I also have real flexi brand 23' leashes for play nd in case I need to make a distance correction during training (like stopping a dog from taking an incorrect glove or running out to the article pile like a wild critter (guess who that is). In training I will put the flexi on a flat collar (never on a pinch). In play I attach it to a ring on the top of a harness, never on a collar. For play you either make short throws of balls and discs or be prepared to run after the dog if it gets beyond the length of the leash. Use the tape rather than the cord type of leash for a flexi and practice carefully with it before hitting the road for something vigorous. They can be quite dangerous. I have heard of people who lost a finger when the cord type wrapped around it while the dog was going full speed. If the dog pulls it out of your hand the handle will follow the dog and hit them. This happened once when Javelin yanked it out of my hand. It followed him over a high jump with no reduction in speed and smacked him in the side of his rib cage. Since he is very resilient about things like that he returned to retrieving over the jump in under 3 minutes. Many dogs I know would have been off the jump for weeks or even months.
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