|Rio, CGC,- RL1, CL1, TD|
You can't say- that i can't- play!
|Barked: Sun Jun 19, '11 7:58pm PST |
|Breed does play a part but I don't follow the "huskies cannot ever be off-leash in unfenced areas" type things... so yes it has to do with breed but it is also training
Rio is a ACD/WHIPPET... he has so much prey drive it is ridiculous. He will chase critters until the cows come home (and then he'll try to herd those). He has extreme chase drive of the whippet... and has the general drive/focus/push/fearlessness of an ACD... Rio would probably go through a brick wall chasing something, he will chase until it ends (either the prey escapes up a tree or he catches it...), and can get lost in his drive. That being said, i've set him up from day one with me to be a very good off-leash dog. I can recall him from deer, turkey, squirrels, etc... but he has also learned when it's okay to chase and when it's not okay to chase without me cuing. He is a dream off-leash... but i have worked really really hard to make him this way. He has the best of both breeds in many respects... but those "bests" also make him a potentially risky off-leash dog... but he's great.
So Rio is very typical of his breeds but with the right training and lots of effort, the end result is a dog who is brilliant off-leash and completely trust worthy.
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