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    Default Afternoon Not-So-Fun

    My builders left this afternoon and forgot to close my driveway gate. I've had a migraine today and when I went out to let the dogs out of their run, I forgot to look right to check the gate as I turned left to go to the dogs. Upshot was they escaped out onto the footpath and ran up the street to a guy coming home from school on his bicycle.

    I grabbed slip collars, ran out, recalled them, and back they came, no fuss. So I put them away, locked the gate and went to check boy on bike all ok (he was).

    THEN nasty neighborhood ladies decide to 'dress me down' for letting them escape as they are dangerous. God, I can only imagine what Pitty and Bully breed owners go through... This is bad enough. I'll absolutely cop it that I stuffed up. I stuffed up ONCE in the 2 years Villi has been here.
    My dogs recalled immediately (something the nasty ladies' dogs don't do- they are allowed to roam... A kelpie and a lab), I was on to it immediately, and my dogs have never ever done anything to these people to deserve such vitriol. Except being Dobes, I guess.

    I feel stupid for my mistake. I feel proud my dogs recalled ( there was even a bicycle present which is Villi's big distraction). But I feel so angry that my dogs are shunned because they are a certain breed.

    Guess I just feel sad.

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    Everyone has accidents, heck mine have slipped between my legs at the front door a couple of time.

    Actually one incident was quite funny, Cyrus slipped past me when I went to take the rubbish out. My OH dashed out the door and started calling and chasing him.
    I quickly ushered the other 2 dogs into the bedroom and went to go out and help him.

    Just as I stepped outside there was Cyrus darting back between my legs to go back INSIDE.

    My OH had chased him all the way to the end of the culdesac, then when he finally caught up wit him, Cyrus turned around and ran home to mummy

    It's harder to catch a smaller dog but usually if anyone sees you they are laughing not saying "how dangerous".

    I would just wait until the neighbors stuff up one day (it's bound to happen) and tell them off.

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    Thanks Crested, Cyrus put a smile on my face !!

    One of two things will happen; They'll stuff up and I'll have my moment, or I'll finish the house, sell it and 'go bush'. My dogs are the neighborhood scapegoats- one neighbor is fond of complaining about them barking except the days she nominates, I can always prove the dogs were not home..... Other neighbors proclaim them dangerous...

    I'd like to think I'm being objective when I say they are no more or no less of a risk than any other dog incorrectly supervised. Maybe a little less because I've spent so much time training...

    Nevermind, I get to enjoy the priveledge of sharing my life with two such beautiful souls.

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    just ignore those f###wits...ignorance is lovely isnt it?

    Everyone makes mistakes. One night we decided to go for a bit of a drive round sydney just for something to do. Our daughter had hold of Pippi and was told to hold on til we were in the car (Pippi was only about 4 or 5 months old then) well the child let go and the door was still open. Lil Pipi leapt out of the car and off down the road. There I was chasing her like a maniac screaming "come, come". Wasn't working so I tried running in the opposite direction making high pitched "lalalalalalaal". Pippi stopped an dlooked at me then kept going in her direction.

    So, I chased her all the way to the end of the road and it was only when I finally screamed "STOP" as loud and as angrily as I could that she dropped ot the ground and waited for me to grab her.

    Lots of neighbours were out laughing at me - I bet it was a sight. However, no telling off followed because she was a cute little puppy but I was horrified and emabarrassed that she had slipped out like that.

    I feel for you in regards to the breed thing though. Our other boy Barney looks to me like a slightly stauncher version of a labrador but people cross the road when they see us coming....it's ridiculous.

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    I just love living where i live, where the neighbours would only care if ours chased stock.

    Just be proud they recalled and the bike rider is happy.....Well done by the way
    Pets are forever

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    arrrrgh there is nothing worse than breed racism, I get it all the time with Roxie and Jackson. Everyone thinks Roxie is adorable and Jackson is deadly. Jackson wouldn't hurt a fly, Roxie would torture it before eating it.

    You should be SUPER proud that they came back straight away, especially with a bike going by. They love they're Mum, and clearly the respect you and do what they're told What better proof that the training works than in a situation like that? Out of evey recall and command, the ones in those high pressure situations are the ones that count, and the only reason they do it is because of all the effort you put in.

    Stuff the neighbours who can't handle two beautiful, well trained doggies and judge on size and looks. You're a great owner and should be very, very proud.

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    I really hate when I'm doing the right thing, I'm following the rules that nobody else seems to even know and I get abused for it like I'm the one in the wrong.

    Talk about double standards in your neighbourhood. Kelpies are well over represented in bite statistics per capita (based on qld data).

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    Awesome your dogs are well trained and recalled immediately, that impresses me. The only Dobe I've ever owned had selective hearing and once he was about 15 meters away from me I was dead to him. I've known a few other Dobes with recall issues too so super impressed with your training!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin View Post
    Awesome your dogs are well trained and recalled immediately, that impresses me. The only Dobe I've ever owned had selective hearing and once he was about 15 meters away from me I was dead to him. I've known a few other Dobes with recall issues too so super impressed with your training!
    Thanks to all for the kudos re: recall... But, believe me, I was flabbergasted they came back! Especially with a bike in the vicinity.

    I'm afraid I probably did not reward as much as I should have, took em and locked em in, lol!

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    We've got two and sometimes three dobes doing agility training at our club. Recall is not a problem for them.

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