Well if it helps ... your doing better than me!!My Euro male is a hard head too!!!!!! I mean STUBBORN he has tested me for sure but we are getting somewhere now.
But "Prey Recall" is extremely difficult!! If it does not work, one's dog can be gone in a flash!! :cry_baby:
I thought I had lost Struddell, once when the stupid rabbit ran South towards the Hwy and not North towards the Mountains??? I lost track of her in the brush and I could not see her??? And lost I saw she was heading towards the Hwy fast!! We were parked a mile away but at 30 some miles an hour ... the Hwy is pretty close!!!
I Called and called and saw and heard nothing!! And suddenly the desert looked vast and bleak! My heart sank, I headed back to the car to drive around and see if I could find her??? And ... much to my surprise and delight ... there she was!!! So par for the course, the rabbit did ditch her. *They always did( and after failing to pick up the scent ... she headed back to the car! I did not know she could do that???
But after that, I modded our rabbit chasing game! She still could her twenty to 25 yards out in front bit but I scanned ahead of her for bunnies! And if I saw break cover in front of her I would shout "NO!!" And she would freeze, if the Bunny broke North Mnts, I'd say OK and off she'd go!!
I never really had to worry at that point cause it was usually just 50 yard dash down a fire road, and she lose the rabbit in the brush when it made a right turn ... they always broke right?? She'd switch to scent hot on it's butt and lose track in the brush!
I would watch the rabbit come back onto the straight and sail off in the distance! And I'd watch the rabbit speed off in the distance. It happened every time and she never figured it out.
But ... I also took advantage of our terrain here. As in uh ... no trees! So good sight lines and the bunnies used the fire roads as that worked with most dog's!!
But really I did not call her off a chase as much as I did "Control" a chase. Most likely I could have done "either" verbally ... with her! But I don't know as I never had the need to do so. What we did worked just fine. But perhaps she was a once in a lifetime dog, hmm ... also.
Cuz with my Bella (off leash in open desert, let alone bunnie's???) ... don't even think about it!!! If you have to have absolute Rock Solid, recall?? You pretty much have to use an E-Collar?
It will be new for me, but I've done all I can with a SLL. A man has got to know his limitations.