|Barked: Sun Dec 16, '12 8:06pm PST |
|I think finding a dog of a breed that does *not* have a strong hunt/chase instinct as well as an individual that seems exceptionally people driven is going to be your best bet. Not all dogs, even those raised from pups, are going to be trustworthy off leash. My last dog, Kumo, was 'fine' off leash as long as he didn't see a ball. If he saw one though, his whole brain fixated on it and all the rest of reality was ignored.
Alyssum, however, does not have any prey drive so far as I've seen and wants to be glued to my side. I won't have her off-leash in the city because she skitters if startled and I don't want her skittering into the road, but on hikes she is eminently trustworthy. If she gets out of sight, a quick call brings her running back. I got her at 7 months old, surrendered to me after having been abandoned, and from a crappy former owner.
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