We got Remi 3 weeks ago Sunday. He will be 4 months on November 3rd. Remi is our first GSP and I have a few questions about training him.
From my understanding, it is best to have a firm but gentle (if that makes sense) approach to training these dogs. They need a leader, but someone they can trust. We have grown up with labs, and have 2 labs currently. I am obviously finding some huge differences in the training aspects of these dogs. My labs have always been very aware and concerned to be near me or close to me. Remi seems to wander off easily and be more independent. Obviously I know he is not a lab, and I don't expect him to be one. I am just looking for some advice on how I should start to train his recall and listening skills in general.
When we picked him up from our breeder, he was allowed off lead in the presense of his mother and he would come back immediately when called. this was something that impressed me greatly. His mother is not here now and he seems to wander off quickly and getting him back, is, well, an effort.
I think I need to go back to square one with him and get a long check cord and start teaching him recall. I have never had to result to this before, the labs were both easily taught with praise and if necessary a food reward.
Remi has gotten away from me twice now, and thats twice too many in my book. Both times, heading straight for the road and I'm very lucky i was able to catch him with out something bad happening. I want to get this fixed before we trust him off leash. Training classes are also an option. TIA.