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How can I persuade my collie to walk with my in-laws who live

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How can I persuade my collie to walk with my in-laws who live 100 yards from us and who she is very friendly with. She often goes over there for pats and treats. She also won't walk with my sister ( looks miserable and tucked up on lead, and dashes for home at earliest opportunity. She will only walk with my husband ( in certain areas, and me. Thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response and I also have some meetings today, but will respond when I return.. I hope you can be patient.
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Is the dog always on a leash?
Are they willing to work with Jelly to achieve this?
Can you explain how you used treats to try and help the situation?
Does she normally walk in front, behind or next to your husband?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Jelly is very obedient with me, and always goes out without a leash, and doesn't dash for home. I take her out, on average twice a day, sometimes on a bicycle. She will walk with my husband, but sometimes dashes for home if too near our house. She tends to be much better when he takes her in the car to an area near our house. He tried (briefly) to give her treats near our house, to encourage her to walk ( in our back fields) but it was only, intermittently successful.

My neighbour is happy to work with Jelly and make her more confident. She walks on the road beside me, but her natural instinct is to want to surge foreword and then circle back to check on us- very collie like I would think, as if to round us up! With my husband, she does, what she does with me, and dashes off in the woods near us. This is fine as she always comes back, and this is a very rural area. If you take her in a more urban situation, she sticks closely to my side, obviously on a lease. Look forward to hearing from you , Thanks, Julia

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Julie,
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Thanks for the additional information. About the only way I can think of to get her to walk with people who are not her owners is to have them work with her on obedience as well as you working with her on obedience. The dog obviously is very bonded with you and to your husband to some degree. She may like your in-laws but they are not HER family so she doesn't necessarily want to be with them when they are walking.
With obedience training she would follow commands especially if they also are involved in the training process. It would be best to work with your dog first, then have your husband practice the commands with her leading to the in-laws working with her.
The following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.
http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html
Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.
http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm
The other thing you want to work on is a correct walk with the dog right by your side. I usually achieve this with hot dog slivers in my hand because they coat the hand with oil that keeps the dog right next to you but you can only feed the treat if the dog is walking at your side moving forward. This is a good thing for your inlaws to do as well.
I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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