Dear Daisy Dog
My dog usually walks well on a leash, but if he sees a squirrel or rabbit, he slips his collar and takes off. How can I get him back quickly?
My golden retriever brother, Sam, used to pull the same stunt, but Mom thwarted his misbehavior by buying him a martingale collar.
Now when Sam pulls or tries to back out of his collar, the non-slip martingale tightens down to the size of his neck – but no tighter, so it doesn’t choke him.
If your dog manages to get away when his collar is off – Sam’s favorite time is when someone opens the front door – try these tricks to get him back quickly:
· Call him. If he knows “come,” he should come to you immediately.
· If he doesn’t, stoop as though you discovered something fascinating on the ground. When he comes over to investigate, praise him and take him inside.
· Keep yummy treats in your pocket, and show them to him when you want him to come to you.
· Run the other way, and he’ll probably follow you.
My best advice is to do some obedience training, so he comes reliably every time you call.