How do you train a dog to stay close to you off leash?

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Andie: training a dog to stay close to you off leash?
i’m wondering how people train their dogs to walk with them off-leash. i see people with dogs off leash in their yards or in public and the dog just trails close behind the owner and doesn’t stop to chase other animals or to jump on other people.

i want to know how you train a dog to follow you when off-leash without worrying about them running off to chase someone or something. i’m not asking how you train “come” exactly, just how to have that leisure and freedom of letting your dog off-leash without fear.

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Answer by ms.ಠ_ಠ
I want to know too! My dog always acts like a wild animal off leash…erm wait..

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  1. says

    I’ve had my dog for a long period of time and I want to have her follow me without a leash. Can anybody tell me how to do so, or recommend a site that I can look at to learn how? Thanks

  2. munchkin says

    well if you are not asking how to train "come" you will never have an off leash dog … a dog that has pretty much 100% recall (and that is coming when called) are the dogs you see off leash behaving … if you can get your dog to come to you in any situation, any distraction, you can have an off leash dog … so it is all about training "come" :O) i started training my dog at 8 weeks to be off leash and by a year old she could walk anywhere, downtown streets, neighbourhoods, nature, off leash without leaving my side … but i did work with her almost every single day for that period of time … and to get her not to chase squirrels i walked her every day rain or shine for three solid months down "squirrel alley" (local park where tourists go to feed squirrels and wildlife) on a very short leash and completely ignored whatever she was doing at the end of the leash … by the end of the three months she could walk down squirrel alley loose leash and to this day she can walk there off leash and chase nothing …

  3. Training Kay says

    My dogs do it naturally. They got taught their names and "Come" the first day they were home, so they were able to go off lead on their first walk with no problems. I've found the dogs that I've had that couldn't go off lead straight away ended up running off every time they were allowed off lead. It took ages to teach them not to leg it when the lead was unclipped. But my current dogs stay close no matter what. Until I send them away to play, of course.

    I've never really thought about it. I never trained them to do it. They're just like it.

    I suppose they learned that when they're near me, they're safe from whatever they're scared of. But I couldn't tell you how to teach your dog.

  4. Basil and Mint says

    It's a lot easier with some dogs than others.

    Basil is an irish red setter from 5 generations of field champions, so i just taught him to heel simply with praise and verbal corrections.

    Minty is a rescue sight hound and heels well for his age, but may never be able to have him off leash in busy public places.

  5. Alicepet says

    I just spend alot of time with my dog tobias. I train him, talk to him like a human, feed him, take him outside…with time he's gotten to where he is on my heels everywhere I go. If I take walks outside I don't need a leash just because he sticks to my heels. (though you should ALWAYS have your dog on a leash outside because you never know about other dogs; or if your dog gets spooked he may try to run off and with a leash on he won't get

    I think the key is to really just build a friendship with your dog and have a love for eachother. This is what worked for me.

  6. CY says

    I see that a lot here where I live. I was told they are trained to respond to verbal commands. I've seen some pretty well-mannered dogs (off leash) act not so well-mannered under the right conditions. I don't think it's ever a good idea to have a dog off leash in public places. They are animals & do have a mind of their own. But, I do think the off lead training could be valuable just in case you ever need to use it.

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