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Old 04-10-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I usually walk the dogs on leashes several times a day but recently I fell and broke a bone in my arm so this has been extremely difficult. DH is out of town so it is up to me to walk them early a.m and before bed but girls walk them after school.

I used to be able to just open the front door and stand on the porch while they did their business in the front yard for the bedtime outing but lately they have been looking back at me in my cast, giggling and then running down the street. They must sense my disability.

I finally decided to let them out but with their leashes attached and it works! They walk around the yard, do their business and I walk with them but they don't run away. this has made me extremely happy. I guess the weight of the leash makes them remember they aren't totally free but free enough to do what they need to do. I'm so glad I figured this out.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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I had to laugh when I read about their giggles! I had a dog that was the star of obedience class *applause, applause* IF and ONLY IF she had a leash attached to her. It did matter if anyone was holding that leash but when it was on she would hold a stay for hours, roll over or perform any party trick you would come up with. Without it, she was a dog possessed. I finally bought a very short leash to attach to her collar and she basically walked herself all over town!
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I usually walk the dogs on leashes several times a day but recently I fell and broke a bone in my arm so this has been extremely difficult. DH is out of town so it is up to me to walk them early a.m and before bed but girls walk them after school.

I used to be able to just open the front door and stand on the porch while they did their business in the front yard for the bedtime outing but lately they have been looking back at me in my cast, giggling and then running down the street. They must sense my disability.

I finally decided to let them out but with their leashes attached and it works! They walk around the yard, do their business and I walk with them but they don't run away. this has made me extremely happy. I guess the weight of the leash makes them remember they aren't totally free but free enough to do what they need to do. I'm so glad I figured this out.
Funny story and AMAZING at the same time.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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Wow...one of my biggest fears is Rip getting lose from me with his leash on.

I am afraid of him getting tangled and not being able to get home.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I think it is like service dogs knowing when they are working by having the vest on, or police dogs wear a certain collar when they are working and yes they know the difference in the " work collar" and the just a dog collar. Our Agility team use to have the dogs wear vests with their names on them when we did demos and and it changed the way the dogs behaved most were much calmer then they would be at a competiton and then there was Dash. Get that vest on him and he became the comedian. He could run a clean course but with the vest on he became about entertaining the crowd and would make a very obvious mistake and as long as they laughed he repeated it and used me as his straight man.He loved to make the crowd laugh and that they did.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Wow...one of my biggest fears is Rip getting lose from me with his leash on.

I am afraid of him getting tangled and not being able to get home.
I can certainly understand. But they don't leave the yard and I am standing right there with them. Once Toby started down the driveway and I sternly called him and he came back to me. I don't think he would do it without the leash on him. I really don't have much choice right now as they can't go from 6 a.m. to 4 without a potty break at noon.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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I can certainly understand. But they don't leave the yard and I am standing right there with them. Once Toby started down the driveway and I sternly called him and he came back to me. I don't think he would do it without the leash on him. I really don't have much choice right now as they can't go from 6 a.m. to 4 without a potty break at noon.
Lol....we have followed Rip 15/20 miles.....he doesn't even slow up crossing roads.

The sheriff even helped by stopping traffic on M-61 until we got him.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Rip is not a good candidate for this method
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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.... He could run a clean course but with the vest on he became about entertaining the crowd and would make a very obvious mistake and as long as they laughed he repeated it and used me as his straight man.He loved to make the crowd laugh and that they did.

This is too funny. What a character!
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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When going from on leash healing to off leash healling we work down from th heavy leash the dog is use to to lighter & lighter leashe til its just string then a clip with a tap on it. Dont think the dogs are dumb but for some reason it seems to give the owners more control. Maybe for the dogs its a security blanket!
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