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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Do you trust your hav by the street?

A post on another thread got me to thinking....
How many of you are at the point where you feel comfortable having your hav off a leash by a street? We live in a culesac street, but there are cars that go by of course.... The lab next door to us is never on a leash. He is a great dog, and just knows not to go in the street. I know Baxter is still a puppy, but I wonder if I will ever trust him like that? I've been teaching him not to go into the street.... making progress, but still---don't trust him fully by any means. He's not a 'runner' either... I can open the front door when someone leaves, and he will not run out. But yet still.... off leash in the front yard seems like a huge leap of faith. I've done it a few times, and he has been good, but I watch him like a hawk (don't take my eye off him for a moment) and have a bag of treats in case I need extra assurance that he'll 'come' in a hurry if need be.

What are your experiences regarding this?
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Not sure I would ever feel comfortable having Abby off-leash near a street. You never know what might catch their attention and decide to take off! I just don't feel it is worth the risk of her possibly getting hurt. I know I'm an overprotective mother....LOL

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Never tried it, doubt I ever will! Where we live now, even though the house is set back, I wouldn't trust any dog near the street. I live near a lake and the boat ramps are one on each side of us. Teens go pretty fast in the summer from one end of the lake to the other. I want my guys around for their full lifespan and I've seen un-leashed dogs get hit right out front. I just wont take that chance!
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We live quite a ways off of of the road (a couple hundred feet)
and I do let Todd run loose in our unfenced yard once in a while but I always have a treat handy in case he needs motivation

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No never. I live in a typical average neighborhood, not a lot of traffic but enough for me to be concerned about. Petunia is only 17 weeks old, I'm working with her while on a leash near the street, I correct her every time she gets near the curb, I want her to learn that the street is a place she should not venture into, but I don't ever plan on having her off the leash while walking the neighborhood. She doesn't seem interested in venturing far from my side, so when the front door is opened she just stays close to me. I might add that we have a very big front yard that is set back far from the street. When we are out in front she just stays close to us, I rarely have to correct her.


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Never! If cars were not invented, then I would feel ok about it.. lol
Even if your hav is the best trained, you never know when a squirel is going to run out in the street and get your dogs attention.. who knows... It's just to risky in my opinion..

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nope- no way. I live in a very typical neighborhood, on a fairly busy street with the highway just a few houses down. I would never take that risk. In fact, my Havs have never been off leash in an unfenced area--


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Nope nope nope nope....
I just wouldn't chance it. Riley would be just fine until he saw a dog across the street that he wanted to meet. Then all bets would be off. The only other dog I ever had died under the wheels of a car because he was accidently let out of my house... and bolted across the street to play with some kids.

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Well I'm the rebel. Winston is my shadow and when I'm bringing groceries in or getting the mail, he's off-leash. He's fairly good about it....the only problem I have is when a dog is walking by on our side...he's aggressive. I need to work on that.

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I would say yes- all of mine are trained to stay with me and are my shadows. I do occasionally have them offleash and I specifically have done it so if they run out the front door, it isn't a big deal for them. I live in an area with 6 houses on my street and hardly any traffic. However, I would caution that with- they are definitely dogs and have reminded me of that. I can't call Dora or Dash off a squirrel period. They lose their brains. I can do this with Belle however, I couldn't call her off a picnicker (is that really a word?) as she ran after an offleash hike across a street to visit before and completely ignored me. So as always use caution and know your dog's weaknesses to avoid them.

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