Tallulah (great name, isn’t it) is an adolescent Labradoodle.

She lives on a farm with a lot of open space. The house itself is big and open. Apart from sleeping in a crate she has had few physical boundaries.  A bit too free-range!

Now Tallulah, a typical adolescent, is pushing boundaries.

When let out of the back door, instead of staying close-by the teenager may go on an adventure.

At the front door Tallulah has recently taken to running out and off whenever she can.

The man works from home and the lady goes to work. If Tallulah can squeeze out with her, she does. Then they have to catch her somehow and the lady is late for work.

At the end of a walk they call her to put her lead on, but the adolescent isn’t always cooperative. Most times she will play them up.

When they want her to go into her crate last thing., it’s like she saying, “Oh, so you want me to come? Time for a bit of fun!”

They try bribing her with food in the crate but that doesn’t always work.

They call her and try to lure her with food. She will run around the kitchen table – literally running rings around them.

She snatches the food and runs off

The main issue for the couple is Tallulah’s running off. She has an uncanny knowledge of when they are short of time!

So the first thing they will do is to call her to them more often at home – but when she’s obviously in the mood to be willing and to come.

Next they must always take her collar before rewarding her – no more snatching the food and running!

When out, they will punctuate their walk with calling her to them – but not standing facing her and then asking her to sit. Asking her to sit is probably the trigger for her to begin playing up. She runs around in circles and may jump at them with her mouth open.

The adolescent rebels.

They need to outwit her.

Regularly throughout the walk Tallulah should touch base.

Regularly they will turn and nonchalantly walk the other way, calling her. No rush. She will eventually catch up.

When she does, they will just gently take hold of collar or harness before feeding her.

Sometimes they will just let her go again. Sometimes they can briefly put the lead on then take it off again. They should leave it on to go home – but always in a different place.

Along with varying what happens when she gets to them, they should introduce variety with the food rewards they use also.

Keep her keen and interested.

The bedtime drama of running around the table also needs a cunning plan.

I suggested they change the ritual. They can use food to call her from one part of the room to another. Finally they can call her into her crate.

Night night.

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