|Barked: Tue Dec 18, '12 9:30am PST |
|All my dogs have pretty much been rescues, adult and otherwise.
I actually found Maya was my utmost reliable off leash. She stuck close, checked in, listened to cues, and all without the training to be that way, she just naturally was. Granted, Rottweilers are herders too.
Charlie... Is if he's at a dog park that's familiar to him. If you take him somewhere new, not a chance in heck. I usually throw a long line on him - although I bet you get that with Sanka too, both of them being hounds, bol.
Ria is great. Until she decides she DOES NOT want to come in from playing in the snow. In which case, it's a game of Catch Me If You Can to get her inside. Otherwise, very good. Still working on her though, but she IS hitting her teenage stage and is just a puppy still.
I too, find rescues to be more likely to know whether or not their dogs are good off leash. Let's be honest, foster parents are there to get to know the dogs, just as much to keep them in a stress-free/home environment, so they should be able to tell you more about the dog than a shelter would. Your best bet, I think, would either be to look at herding breeds if you go with a puppy, or to look at adults in rescues and talk to the fosters.
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