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Boy is that scary!!! I'm so glad Nala was so calm about the whole thing and that you were around to save her!!!
I don't keep a collar on Kodi at home because I don't want to deal with matting as well as the possibility of him getting caught on something. Fortunately, I don't have to worry about him getting out. We live a long way from the road, and he has a really reliable recall. He's never outside alone, but we frequently take him out without a leash or collar on our property. He'll run around, but never gets out of sight and always comes back right away when we call him. Of course, training that has been a lot of (ongoing) work, but it's really worth it!
OTOH, as good as he is, if we lived closer to the street, particularly a busy street like ours, I wouldn't trust it, as good as he is. All it takes is one impulsive run after a squirrel to get a dog into the middle of a busy street! I guess if we DID live close to the street, I would work very hard on teaching him never to approach the door without permission, and then make sure that he was on leash every time he went out.
We also have a porch, so there is a second set of doors in case we get distracted and he (or more often, the cat!!!) gets through the house door when we don't want them out. The cat is IMPOSSIBLE to catch if she gets out, and DOESN'T have a reliable recall.<g>
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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