Hello all, I have a 4 year old GSP rescured from a shelter in Iowa. He's a great dog, he gets soem long walks in the woods and mostly stays close by, occaisionaly when he gets on a scent of something he goes crazy and will disappear off into the woods only to turn up a phone call later from a nearby house!! I can tell when he is about to disappear and there seems to be nothing I can do to stop him, he completely blocks me out!! I don't really want to have to use a shock collar and have tried a load whistle to try and distract him but nothing seems to work so far. Any ideas?? Apparently he as given up by his owner who bought him as a bird dog but he wasn't workign out.. I wonder if he my react better to a command used in the bird-dogging world instead of "wait" or "come" - anyone got any other commands I could try him on???? Thanks...
For a 4 yr old that has already developed some bad habits, I would definetly get a shock collar before you add him to the "lost" threads.