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    Default Love my Bentley, but......

    ....sometimes I get envious of folks who have a different breed who can let their dog out for a quick potty and expect him to come back! I was outside with Bentley on a leash, of course, Friday evening when Grandpa got home. Since I knew he would run straight to Grandpa I dropped the leash & let him run; but, unfortunately, he saw the cat just beyond, so Grandpa was immediately forgotten. Bentley chased her under the pasture fence, into the pasture, down the valley and toward the busy highway 700 ft away. Two old people in their 70s don't need this kind of stress, I tell you. Since he was still dragging his 6 ft leash Grandpa was finally able to get close enough to him to grab it.

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    They are a very distractible breed. Henry will see a frog, or butterfly... Sometimes just a leaf and forget he's got to go to the bathroom.
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    This has been a big adjustment for us too, having had 2 previous dogs over the years who we could let out the front door and they would just hang out with us, and come when called. Rose- not so much, lol. Getting her a long line leash has made it more tolerable when we are out and about (like when we went to the beach, and when she stays with the grandparents who don't have a fence). Rose has finally caught on that if we follow her out the door or if she is on the leash when it's time to potty, she needs to get down to business, lol.

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    Boy do I know. Fletcher cannot be trusted off lead at all. He has bolted out of the front door!!!!!!! I was able to get him before he ran out of our yard but still. We put up a new baby gate in the foyer blocking the front door. I have kids who don't allows watch as they open the front door. Our other dog Eddie goes everywhere with my husband and I can't tell you the last time he was on a leach.
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    Yep....I'm afraid Wrigley would be the same way. Oh I love him dearly !! ...but it is difficult sometimes to get him to come when called if he has his mind set on something. He would probably run to go greet someone across the street even if a car was coming. ( he has no fear & that's not good!!!) He would have to be on lead anytime out front...or lord knows what could happen.

    Our Lab stays right by us. For some reason he always has. He comes immediately when called...but just doesn't get distracted is all.
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    Distraction. That's the real problem. He wants to be where it's happenin' especially if it goes fast.....like a cat or a trash truck or anything that might hurt him. One thing he's a little afraid of: our cattle. He'll posture, bark, growl, etc, through the fence but if one of them, big or small, sort of dips her head toward him he jumps back. Funny.

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    We were always hoping that Sonny could be trusted off leash too and we still would like to get to a point where we can take him to our dog beach off leash, but I don't think we will ever just hang out in the front yard or go for walks off leash. HOWEVER we have been in Obedience 2 classes for the last 6 weeks and I think (knock on wood) Sonny finally has a reliable emergency recall. Wooohooo!!! I have really wanted to get this down to use in emergency situations. We have been practicing in many different situations and places with different distractions and since his training he has come immediately when he hears the emergency recall word. Sonny has never gotten out of our house or the backyard, but the other day my husband was taking out the trash and SOnny bolted out of the backyard towards the street. My husband used the emergency recall word and Sonny spun around and raced towards him. Yay!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleighelizabeth View Post
    Sonny has never gotten out of our house or the backyard, but the other day my husband was taking out the trash and SOnny bolted out of the backyard towards the street. My husband used the emergency recall word and Sonny spun around and raced towards him. Yay!!!!
    Wow, that's such a relief, I know! How did they have you teach that? We didn't ever get that far :/ .

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    We can't begin to describe how much of a convenience it is that Skippy is litter-box trained. We put it right next to this crate in the laundry room, and he heads over and does his #1 or #2 whenever he needs to.

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    But....we live in the country and out here a dog needs to do his business outside! Oh, how I'd love to see him run unrestrained! Grandpa built a very large pen for him but he just sits by the gate, waiting for someone to come get him; that is, unless one of us is in the pen with him! Kind of defeats the purpose.

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