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Old 11-12-2008, 06:26 PM
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We haven't yet taken Bailey for a walk, but I did just buy him a Y harness the other day. Sadly, its a bit on the big side right now. lol He isn't following any commands, being an infant at the moment, but we are hoping that we can start getting him to walk with us by spring! Were going to start trying walks/commands in the house and at Petco during the winter.

I doubt I would ever walk him with out a leash, we live up against deep woods and have wolves here and hawk's that fly over our house.... so, I really doubt I would ever let him far out of my reach! I shudder to think about the dangers...
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I let my Roxy out once without a leash and I lost her. I will never do it again. I was right there.
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I don't dare take Kobi off lead, even in our backyard as it is wide open, with no fencing. His recall isn't the greatest when he's distracted, so I don't trust him to not run off into the road.

What I like to do is take him to the park which has a large, completely fenced in tennis court with a gate that can be closed (and which is hardly ever used, especially in colder months). I let him run around in there off lead and he just has the best time. I don't have to worry about him running off, being stolen or eating something he shouldn't!!
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I let Chloe off leash in areas I know are safe and FAR away from the road(ex. trails around my house that people are rarely on). She never strays far.. she will run around but never let me out of her site. If I am at a place more public with lots of people and dogs I keep her on a leash.
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I have trained all my dogs to be off leash. I think it is safer. I have friends that never have had them off and now the dogs will bolt if they are accidentally loose.
I believe that the easiest way is to develop a bond and start as early as possible. All of my puppies have followed me on a walk in the woods from 3 months of age. I live in the country but also on a state route. My dogs also know that they don't go near the road. Now something could happen, but I feel a certain sense with them and have an awesome 'come' response. Keep treats with you at all times and only call your pup if you know for sure she is going to come. If they happen to be coming to you use it as a teaching tool and tell them come and treat. Avoid calling if you sense they are going to ignore you. If you sense that start running in the opposite direction making fun noises. I never chase my dogs , but encourage them to find me.
If I am in a busy area I always leash. But my dogs get lots of off leash time. Also walking with a friends dog who is reliable off leash can help. Older dogs make the best teachers and puppy trainers.
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I lived in England much of my life and used to take my dogs to Derbyshire. We would go on long long walks. I spent much of my teenage life walking my dogs. I think the woods in England are the best. One thing I really miss about it. I am sure that more down south it is harder. But I could walk all day in Yorkshire.
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I live in Surrey so we have enough countryside and large fenced parks to let our dogs run off the lead with no problems.

As I said Flexi leads are dangerous please unless you have to don't use them they cause a lot of injuries and problems, as the cables can snap, the mechanism can jam and you can't get your dog back and many other problems, you have no control with them, walk your dogs on a normal short lead and teach them to walk with you. Training is the key to everything
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I've used extending leads for over twenty years without problems and will always do so.
I can appreciate the "risks" but I feel the advantages outweigh them

They aren't for everyone, personal choice
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