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Greetings, I hope to learn alot from this forum, I'll get right into it...
Almost a year ago I adopted a dog from the SPCA, she is a Husky/Collie, now about 3 years old named Bruiser. I have read alot, watched videos, and got all the advice I could to train her properly, I was raised on a cattle farm with a Border Collie always around from the day I was born until I left home, so I know a little about Collies. Now back to my Bruiser, When we go for our our walks, I never let her lead me, but she still hasn't figured out that if she tries to get ahead of me that we will stop and not get anywhere, and she hasn't improved much (as in paying attention) since we got her, She is a very friendly dog and great with people and kids BUT my main problem when I take her to the offleash dog park, its like she forgets I even exist, the moment I take off her leash she bolts to the nearest dogs and plays and plays and plays, I could call her kindly or sternly but she wont return until finally a little worn out from playing with every dog in the park, now I have no problem with her playing, its sure alot better than fighting but, when she doesnt understand its time to leave and looks at me from across the park as if to say "heheh I'm going to keep playing and you can't do anything about it!" it is embarassing and frustrating and very discouraging and I know that experienced dog owner can see my lack of control over her and make me feel horrible because I know she has the potential to be a great dog, she can sit, lay, shake, stay and fetch when we play in my backyard, but as soon as another dog comes into the picture she totally ignores any commands, or starts whining crying and pulling until the other dog passes. Everyone tells me to train her to come to me with treats and kindness... I have tried that, and like I say, in my backyard it works like a charm, but in the park or anywhere else where there other dogs around, she couldnt care less about treats, I would rather her be interested her leader rather than using me for my delicious treats...I am wondering, if I shouldn't be taking her to the offleash park until she learns to listen better, but she needs to associate with other dogs, and as a collie/husky has alot of energy to burn off. I hope someone can help me become a better teacher/leader/owner.
 

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When you talk about attention are you getting regular, unsolicited eye contact...'checking in' frequently to watch you/waiting for new commands/direction?
Hopefully, yes. Then, the problem is distractions (other dogs). This is where you need to change tactics....treats won't work. What she wants more than anything else in the world is to play with another dog....that becomes the 'treat'. Have a friend bring a dog over to your backyard. Let them play and then call Bruiser to you. If she comes, praise profusely and then send her right back for more play....huge, huge reward! If you need to do this on leash at first, so be it. Practice....lots of practice.
Don't always end the fun by calling. That's often why dogs stop coming....calling means the end of fun and that's a bad habit to fall into.
 

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Until you have a reliable recall with the high distraction of another dog or dogs, I would not take her to the off leash dog park. Or, if you do, go and retrieve her rather than calling her to come because right now she's learned that coming to you is optional and up to her discretion.
 

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Tooney's advice is dead on perfect.

I would also recommend a book and DVD called "really Reliable Recall" by Leslie Nelson and train for this in addition to continuing to work on focus (eye contact) and recalls in general.

The book can be had here:
http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB813

The DVD can be had here:
http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB810P

I borrowed the book from a friend and never saw the DVD tho it reviews well. The book is less expensive and is really a short pamphlet.
 
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