I've got an 14 mths old female jack russell.
she was good at recall until she got to 8 mths old and that day at 8 mths she spotted some small birds and took off after them and nothing i could do or say would make her come back,we were about half a mile from a road but after chasing these birds she found a gap in the fence and ran out into the road during rush hour, luckily i did manage to catch her before she was killed.
She has not been off the lead since then and have noticed even on long lead she still pays interest in birds and i have been trying to improve her recall in the home.
Some people say they think she would be ok to be let off the lead but i am so frightened to and do not feel i will ever trust her enough. But at the same i feel so guilty that she does not get any free run and would love to let her off again.
She is a shy dog who is nervous of people and other dogs while out but she hides rather than barks and usually within 10 mins would probably play with another dog.
I usually take her out for long walks which last 2/3 hours.
I really dont know what the best thing to do anymore?
Oh another thing she will only walk properly if i have company and was like this straight away from a puppy so do not understand how to get her to walk properly as sometimes i do not have company. Thanks.