Q. How can I get my 5yr old rescue dog to stop running off? He is good most of the time but then takes off and won't stop or come back when called.
A. I would highly recommend not letting your dog off leash. Behavior like this can lead to injury, fatal accidents, or losing your dog. You need to start with recall training. Begin in your home in a single room and call your dog by name. Treat when he responds. Start creating a larger distance and treat when he comes. Begin working outside on leash and then work your way up to a long leash in areas with more distractions. Never let your dog off leash unless you believe 100% he will come back. Some dogs are never trustworthy off leash.