Any advice for this situation....
Otis is now nine months old and he has not been neutered. We have a big wooded yard with no fence. Ever since Otis was young, I have felt comfortable with him walking around the yard with us when we are outside, and Otis is not wearing a leash. He used to just sorta hang out and not go far. We live in a quiet neighboorhood without any street traffic. All the other dogs I've had in the past have always just stayed in or near my yard without running away (this was never something I had to teach, it just always came natural to my other dogs).
Well lately Otis has just taken off running away and absolutely REFUSES to come back. This has happend two or three times now. It really scared me this weekend because he ran through our entire back woods, and through about 5 people's yards, and ended up right next to a very busy road. I didn't want to chase him and make it a game, but I really felt I had no choice other than to try and grab him as he was getting near the busy road (luckily I was able to catch him). Calling him and running the opposite direction didn't work, saying "Otis Come" didn't work...he had ZERO interest in coming back to us. It was like he was on a mission to get away.....He must not appreciate how well we are feeding him ;-)
My husband and I are big Cesar Milan fans and feel like Otis respects us in other areas, but no matter how many times I said "come" Otis was flat-out ignoring me and kept running. I'm so upset because I feel like it has completely destroyed any sense of trust and loyalty I once had with Otis.
I noticed on two other occasions this weekend that Otis would try to get out the front door whenever he thought he had a chance to escape! I know that reinforcing the "come" command and working on our role as pack leaders is the best option, but I'm doubtful that it will prevent the behavior from happening again. I also know the obvious solution is keep him on a leash when he is outside, but I'd love for him to be able to hang out on the deck with us without being tied up. I'd also love to not be afraid whenever someone opens a door that he will bolt outside and run away. Also, Otis gets quite a bit of exercise, and we are diligent about taking him on controlled walks usually 2x/day.
Do you think maybe this is happening because he is not neutered?
Does anyone else have a bulldog that runs away from you? Or does your bulldog just stay close by you when it's not on a leash?
Kelly, Brian, Otis & Pippa