My little Jack Russell X French bulldog has an obsession with footballs, tennis balls, rubber balls, ANY balls. To the extent where she will go over and steal it from the owners. She's very excitable and full of energy so it's hard to get her attention back.
It's is ok when she's on the lead as I can stop her from getting to them. When she's off the lead and she sees one she might as well not be my dog anymore. There's no way to get her attention back on me.
This also can happen with other dogs at times, but she will come back. I usually say, "No. This way" when I see her getting distracted and, depending how far away the distraction is, she will stay with me.
When she's off the lead an there are no dogs or balls, she's usually quite good and will run and sniff but come back and keep close.
I would like to get to the stage where I can get her attention and get her to come back in these situations but I have no idea where to start.
Is a long lead a good start and start with recall? Or do I need to do some more training on a short lead and get her to not care about the things around her first? Or maybe something else?
Thanks in advance!