So after I finished mowing the lawn, I spent some time securing the gate to make sure it was dog-proof. Seemed okay.
I let them out, and my first clue was an unusual timbre to Madigan's barking. I called them, Maddie and Murphy came running in, Kenzie was... not in the back yard. Heart stopped.
I looked out front, and could see her in the park across the street. I thought it was her, wasn't sure - she was that far away. So taking a deep breath, knowing that if this didn't work there could be some bad times ahead, I cheerfully called, "MacKenzie, come!"
She immediately came running to me as fast as she could.

Heart began to beat again.
So anyway, to all of you who have given me flak about my recall training... it WORKS! I'm not fixing it. :} Note also that Miss MacKenzie was the only one of the 3 who gave me any trouble with a recall, too.

To those of you who advised me about the "walking down" technique when she blew me off - my first-born is yours! :} I only had to do that once, and never had any more trouble with her.
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Good for you that she came back.
Now, my question is...
What might have happened if the dog in question was a boarding dog, at large after having walked through a gate that "seemed okay" and they kept running? Or they'd been mowed down crossing the street?
I'm sorry if this seems harsh, but it's one of those "experience" things again. How many times have your girls gotten out now? This sort of thing is fine, I suppose, if you're ok with your yard "seeming" dog proof and your dogs escaping as long as they come when you call..
Robin
Now, my question is... What might have happened if the dog in question was a boarding dog, at large after having walked through a gate that "seemed okay" and they kept running?

finders keepers!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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>So anyway, to all of you who have given me flak
about my recall training...
>it
>WORKS! I'm not fixing it. :}
Good for you that she came back.
Now, my question is...
What might have happened if the dog in question
was a boarding dog, at large
after having walked through a gate that "seemed
okay" and they kept running?
Or they'd been mowed down crossing the street?
I'm sorry if this seems harsh, but it's one of
those "experience" things again.
How many times have your girls gotten out now?
This would be considered UNRESPONSIBLE ownership of any breed ..And is a accident waiting to happen...No matter how well you train your dog in different
circumstances this could be a disaster of great
proportion ...Again why would someone want to take a chance?
This sort of thing is fine, I
suppose, if you're ok with your yard "seeming" dog proof and your dogs escaping
NO such thing I never let mine be unsurpervised and they are trained to the ultimate in obediance
as long as they come when you call..(YA right again)
Robin
Now, my question is... What might have happened if the ... through a gate that "seemed okay" and they kept running?

finders keepers!

And potential lawsuit if it was a boarder.
Mustang Sally
This would be considered UNRESPONSIBLE ownership of any breed ..And is a accident waiting to happen...No matter how well you train your dog in different circumstances this could be a disaster of great proportion ...Again why would someone want to take a chance?

some people might consider that to be a tad judgmental. HTH!
NO such thing I never let mine be unsurpervised and they are trained to the ultimate in obediance

never? you never let your dogs out of your sight? i used to take my dogs to work with me, but even then, i had to occasionally go to the grocery store or doctor's office.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
And potential lawsuit if it was a boarder.

yep. unlike losing your own dog and having it stolen, if a boarding kennel loses it, you have someone to legally blame even if you never find the dog.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
I looked out front, and could see her in the park across the street. Ithought it was her, wasn't sure ... some bad times ahead, I cheerfully called, "MacKenzie, come!" She immediately came running to me as fast as she could.

You called your dog ACROSS a street. I live on a dirt road where literally hours can go by without a car - and then have 25 in the next hour. I can see a quarter mile up and down the road. I NEVER call a dog across a road. If I can't make the dog do a long-distance Sit or Stay, which I admit I wouldn't count on my dogs doing, I first cross the street, THEN call the dog to Come.
Am I the only one who sees a problem here?
So anyway, to all of you who have given me flak about my recalltraining... it WORKS! I'm not fixing it. :}

And what about the security of your fence? Are you fixing that?

I'm really glad that MacKenzie came when she was called. That was good. But you put the dog at risk by calling her rather than going to get her.

~~Judy
" I first cross the street, THEN call the dog to Come. Am I the only one who sees a problem here? ~~Judy

Actually Judy now that you have pointed it out
there is no way I would call my dog from across
a street ever. And I would be praying with
Blade that "prey drive" didn't set in, since he
is inclined to chase cars.
Actually if my dog had gotten across a street
I am sure I would have a heart attack right
then in there from sheer panic.
And yeah I am very high strung and very inclined
towards panicking. I am definitely not the calm
cool collected type.
Gwen
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