Thursday, 27 July 2017

Separation Anxiety

 

Rick with very muddy paws

Today we left Rick at home for about three hours while we went shopping.  Rick was fine being at home alone but I fretted all the time we were out.  I just wanted to get back to him.

Yesterday we took him for a walk across the meadows and tried letting him off the lead.  Immediately he bounded off into the distance and it was a bit nerve wracking.  Mostly he will come back to us when we call but if something particularly interesting distracts him then he will totally ignore us.  When he disappeared into the woods Paul went off in pursuit, charging straight through a bed of nettles. Rick soon reappeared wagging his tail.  We really need to feel more confident about his recall so our next Amazon purchase (this dog is costing us a fortune) is a pair of dog whistles.  This should get his attention and will be a constant sound, unlike my feeble squeaky voice.  We really want him to have the freedom to run loose but we need to be more in control.

Rick managed to find a muddy, stagnant pond on the way home.  Oh the smell!  Why the heck do I love this mutt?

Come back Rick!

19 comments:

  1. Training a dog is a lot of work, good luck.

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    1. It will take a lot of time and patience. And treats!

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  2. I bet the French wouldn't worry.

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  3. You love "this mutt" for the same reason you love Rick.

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  4. You love him because he is loveable rascal :-)

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  5. Bok often runs off into the woods, and I don't see him again until I get home. He will only come to me if he wants to. I'm much the same!

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    1. I expect Bok knows his way around though, I'm worried that Rick will get lost.

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  6. Having had a dog with tendencies very much the same as Rick's I can sympathise. It is very worrying when they just take off, and you've no idea where they are. Our Spaniel X, Duke, was a great one for escaping and going on great adventures all on his own. We rarely found out where he'd gone, but he always came home in time for his tea !

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    1. The woodland and forests are so vast around here I don't think we'd ever find him again.

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  8. Our Ted after seven years is still deaf when he is 'on the run'. Duck, Rabbit, Hare, Cat, Deer are all too distracting. He is on the lead and could have so much more freedom, if only!

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    1. It's hard, you want them to have the freedom to run but it's just too scary. There is so much to distract them.

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  10. Rescued an australian shepherd and was v v anxious about this off leash stuff, especially since it is illegal in the US. You just have to push thru the worry. It helps if you could find a walking partner with another dog, they tend to stick closer. As long as there are no roads or livestock nearby you should be fine.

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    1. There are a lot of deer and wild boar around here, we're worried he will give chase and get completely lost.

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