What do you mean you start walking with them? How did you teach come? I am having the hardest time with that also do you do any off leash walking with Nubis? I thought the hard concrete wasnt good for really young pups which is why we haven't gone to a tennis court yet but I've been dying to take him. He loves to run.
Before, Nubis got his second set of shots, I would carry him to this secluded wooded area, with a field nearby and we would walk around there, with him dragging his leash. We would run around like little kids, cuz i knew he couldnt outrun me, so i would let him go, then using my excited my voice, i would run slightly away and call come, in an excited way, and he would simply run towards me.
I will do off leash walking with him in the backyard, but he just paces along and usually gets distracted using branches for dental floss. So its not worth it. I would never let him go unleash at the moment, unless it was an outside enclosed area, cuz i dont trust his recall, if he really wants to check something out.
I didnt really let Nubis, run around too much in the tennis court, just giving him freedom outside his yard, which he liked when i released him and said go nuts.... he did, he torqued around like an escaped convict.
Another trick, which i learned with my first dobe from a friend, get them accustomed to some treats in a can, so when you shake it, he knows. This trick might save your dogs life on a recall.....
I was at work years ago, and my ex called, saying the stupid contracters left the yard gate open and Kaiser got out. I panicked and drove him, at Mach 10. She couldnt get him and he was just enjoying running at warp speeds on the sidewalk. I initially called him and he ignored it, cuz he thought it was a big ole game. I quickly remembered the can, and grabbed it and shook it, once no vehicles were around, he came back.
Now I failed that day too, cuz I was so scared for him, i freaked all over his butt verbally in a down stay. Bad mistake. He did exactly what i wanted, with the can, that was a major reward and I failed to see that.
Even now, with Nubis if I let him out at night to pee, i cannot see him, so when he decides to wander, cuz he has to do his rounds checking out if anything has changed. I will call him back, as he has relieved himself, sometimes he comes right back from the dark yard and sometimes not. after 2 verbal tries, if no joy, ill grab the can, and he is back in no time. with LOTS of praise for returning.
I would use the can as a distraction as some people mention. I will use it as a life line for basically a instant return.