Dobes stole my heart <3
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Shelby Twp. Michigan
Dogs Name: Nexus - Bella - Lily (R.I.P. Mysti)
Titles: Nexus = Spaztastic - Bella = NoNo Bad Dog - Lily = Tiger Shark!
Dogs Age: Nexus = 4/14/2010 Bella = 2/19/2011 Lily = 6/27/2014
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My older girl, who will be 3 next year, also has a bad habit of not coming when called. She stays on a long line whenever she is outside so we can easily control her and bring her in. She has learned that while the line is on we have total control but if she gets out without it, she knows we are powerless to make her obey the command to come in. Which is why unless she slips out the door (which we are very careful not to let happen and if it does its usually one of the kids who didnt pay attention) we have control. She is also very reactive to other animals, and only tolerates our other dobe around her. She is a nervous bundle of energy as well, and will pace the house, and yard seemingly endlessly. When calm she is a sweetheart, cuddly and loveable, though she seems to be getting a bit of an attitude when resting that at times says stay away from me. I found a link in another thread which we are going to try, to hopefully correct some of her behaviour, as well as have her tested for thyroid and anything else which could cause her anxiety. It is possible this might work in your situation as well, I can sympathize with your friend and health issues which prevent the long walks and training sessions, as I have issues of my own which prevent me from taking long daily walks also. Daily exercise is a must even if its throwing a ball and playing in the yard, and this might also help with her recall. Mine will recall when she has a ball, only long enough for you to throw it again though lol. Try the relaxation protocol and maybe it will help, we plan on beginning it very soon.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Bernard Williams
R.I.P. Mysti 1/25/02-10/21/10