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    Default The ultimate off-lead

    Check this out:

    This Guy Walks The Street With a Pack Of Dogs On No Leash!

    He's almost tripping over them!

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    I've seen that, its brilliant isn't it?!

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    I can only hope one day Loki will be able to do that - he's getting better at it but I don't think I could trust him without a lead, his recall is functional but I think something like a cat or curlew bolting in front of him would be too tempting. I usually go walking later in the evening once it's cooled down a bit, and basically no one else is out. A few times towards the end of the walk I've been tempted to just drop the lead and see what he does - usually by then he's tired enough and not so overexcited, but I don't know what he'd do if something ran past.

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    I dunno about those dogs walking "off lead"

    None of them look happy working. And one of them looks like it's wearing a shock collar. So it looks to me like he's trained these dogs using a lot of punishment.

    And it would be illegal in most states of Australia -
    A. walking more than four dogs at once
    B. walking the dogs off lead on a footpath. you can see other people avoiding them - actually getting out the way - walking or standing on the footpath should not be like that. It's the same as if he walked down the street with a bunch of thugs carrying knives openly. They might be well behaved but they're still very scary.

    This is what a similar breed looks like in working mode (as per the comments on the page say that the dogs are happy - which I reckon is bs), it's very very different.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOD1qIETTJw

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    That's pretty much what I was thinking when I saw the video. Doesn't look as if any of them is having fun walking. One of them looked at a woman walking past. The guy must have said something to him because he pulled back as if he was hit. There are quite a few people in our neighbourhood walking their dogs without leads, none of them looks as down as these dogs.

    A few months ago I saw a women in Sydney walking her JRT along a busy road without a lead. He must have been young and still learning because she crossed the road frequently and gave him handsignals and treats when he did right. Such a difference to watch, that JRT was happy as larry to be out and about.

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    I walk mine on our country roads off lead, four at the time, sometimes all six if hubby is alsong. the newest is not quite 100% reliable so we have a long rope trailing behind him, just in case. Lots of recall with rewards and send outs is how we do it. ours are also off lead when we are water training. Only the youngsters have lead on as they can still get distracted, more to do with playing with each other and our friends dogs
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    I agree the dogs look like they haven't been trained in a forgiving kind of way, was just interesting to see how closely they stuck together when walking like that. I wouldn't walk a dog off lead in a public place no matter how well trained it is - always the slight chance something could change it's mind.

    I'd probably feel a bit better letting Loki off lead on our walks if I lived somewhere a bit more remote, but for now I'm stuck in a sardine can suburb. While it'd be easy enough to keep him off the road, if he takes off after something I don't think he'd be very "street savvy".
    Last edited by Thingz; 11-20-2014 at 02:19 PM.

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    The trouble with remote - is you want to be very sure your dog would leave a snake alone...

    I managed to walk my dog off lead on a country track across the back of a cousin's farm. The road was a tad water logged and it was winter so no snakes and no speeding cars there.

    But there were really big angas cattle right there next door and she didn't seem all that interested. Excellent. She did do a kind of scout sniffing patrol about 20m ahead of me most of the time.

    Not the stuck to my leg terrified of being punished if on the outer like those dogs in the video were.

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    Yeah I'm not so fussed about his lead walking in that regard, I don't mind if he's not right beside me, he can be sniffing out in front if he wants - just no pulling.

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    just no pulling.
    but he's a sled dog - you need the right harness and one of these

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