We take Tia down to our dog pen, close the gate and unsnap her lead. She runs around smelling everything in sight. After a few minutes I call her. She runs from me. Instead of chasing her I walk in her direction with my arm pointing toward her, as if there is a force field attached to it zoning in on her. It only takes a minute or less for Tia to lower her head and lie down. She was submitting. To Tia's surprise, I gave her a body massage from head to tail, then turned and walked away from her. Tia just stood there looking at me. I waited a bit and called her to me again. I could see her mind going back and forth. The habit of running away was in her, and for a second it looked like that was what she was going to do. However, she walked up to me with her head low and I once again massaged her body and walked away. We all practiced this for a while. We were teaching Tia coming to us is rewarding.
We take Tia into the goat field and unsnap her leash to see what she will do in a wide open field. We have a big pack with us: six humans and three dogs including Tia. We start to walk hoping Tia will follow.
However, Tia does not follow, she bolts and chases the goats. We run after her. It takes a few minutes to corner her, and Tia lowers her head and lies down, submitting to us.
Amie snaps Tia's leash on and walks her up to see the goats. “Tia, we have a huge fenced area here for you to run in, however, you cannot come in here and chase things.”