|Barked: Thu Jul 21, '11 3:59pm PST |
|I have just never had any qualms but letting either Snow, when he was here with me, or Sage being off leash. Last summer while visiting my parents, I had Sage out back off leash, no fencing. I saw a rabbit coming from the neighbors yard, told Sage "Leave it" and all he did was watch it intently. That same trip, while we were playing fetch, he was chasing the ball and spied a rabbit and bolted after it. Again I said "Leave it", then "Here". He broke off the chase and came to my side.
The breeder I bought Snow from were my parents neighbors. I would come home for a visit. Snow and I would do a training session, having him sit and I would step off about 70 yards, make him wait, then "Come" or "Here". (Come, is to return to me and sit in front of me, Here is like "with me" to be in a 10 ft radius of me). After our training session,which I do daily, I would leave Snow in the yard while i went in to get something to eat. The breeders husband would stop by, and see Snow in the yard while I was inside eating and watching tv, he would just shake his head. Sage is only 2 and I do not have that much trust in him, but in another 2 years, I would feel completely safe in doing it with him.
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