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    I didn't dare to let mine off leash much at all before and even less now. He normally gets to drag a longline at places where no people or traffic is anywhere near and is usually good at coming back unless he sees/smells something interesting, but we had a pretty close call a few days ago when we were out on a big field with only one road at the opposite end of the field about 500 meters away and I let him off to run. And where does he run, yeah you guessed it. Straight onto the road at full speed, ignoring me and mom completely. He has no fear of cars or anything whatsoever. Luckily there were no cars around, but after that incident he is not going off leash at all in non-fenced areas until he's got a solid recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinsmum View Post
    Lisa - our two are definitely related! Merlin is so trustworthy but Oakley is just like Amber!
    'Good BT' and 'Bad Ruby' syndrome, maybe?
    Holly - 7years
    Amber- 3 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_T View Post
    'Good BT' and 'Bad Ruby' syndrome, maybe?
    I think so
    Kirsty
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    Sadly, I don't think Daisy could ever be walked off-lead unless there was a secure fence and no other people or strange dogs. In fact, as I've posted before, she's a bit of a pill ON-lead! (But we've been working at it diligently, and I think she's starting to get the picture about pulling not getting her where she wants to go.)

    She will bolt to the nearest person, car, leaf, dog, butterfly, gnat, bird, ... without a single thought as to where she is going. Her breeder warned me that Cavaliers were usually like this, and she was so right in Daisy's case. We put up a fence in our backyard once we saw that she would clearly never stay in our yard without being constantly on a leash or tie-out. She has a very strong prey drive, to say the least! She loves us, but she is also wildly drawn to every stranger she encounters.

    It is very different from the dogs my family had growing up (toy poodles), who would stay right by us with or without the leash, and who stayed in our unfenced yard just because they knew it was the appropriate thing to do! The last two poodles we had were just naturally good on the leash with no training, basically because their choice was to walk right beside us wherever we were, and the leash was just a formality. I've always wanted a Cavalier and I love Daisy to death, but talking about my other dogs does make me a little whistful for a little more impulse control on Daisy's part... Oh well, you take the good with the bad and I wouldn't trade her for any dog in the world!

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    Well i took smurf out to a big pitch down the road from us to try it last week, its perfect, you have to climb under a fence to get in, so it's pretty secure. It went great, he loved it, and came back the instant he was called, even when he was with other dogs. (the other dogs were quick to learn when i called smurf... the saussages came out!).

    The other day i too him down to Sandymount strand and let him off on the beach with a friends dog(breeder advised not on the walkway), he met a really cool alsation the same age as him and about 8 times bigger than him!

    The next trip I think will be the dog pond in the phoenix park that karlin mentioned! Glad to know there is such a place, dying to see him swim. Anyone have any info about it? Is it like a pool that you've to pay into?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry View Post
    Well i took smurf out to a big pitch down the road from us to try it last week, its perfect, you have to climb under a fence to get in, so it's pretty secure. It went great, he loved it, and came back the instant he was called, even when he was with other dogs. (the other dogs were quick to learn when i called smurf... the saussages came out!).
    Gerry, I'm glad Smurf came back to you when called. You will need to keep this training up. Smurf will go through his "adolescence" where he will completely ignore you and make you look like an idiot! Merlin is exceptional at recall but Oakley OMG he is perfect in the house/garden/training class but out in the woods I could have a full roast dinner in my hand an he still wouldn't come back! (we are working on that now)

    just letting you know what you are in for!
    Kirsty
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    That is so interesting. I thought Missy was just being really naughty when she was off chasing birds and refusing to come!! But obviously its a breed thing!

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