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Do any of you let your dogs of the lead?

If so can you list the breed?

Wondering what Staffordshire, Rotti, Dobi, Greyhound etc. owners think?

Which dogs have very high prey drives and can you ever really predict your dog?

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I let my 3 dogs off the lead when we walk in places that are large & away from roads, etc. I have a Jack Russell Terrier, a Boston Terrier & a Chihuahua.
 

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i walk a husky as a side job and never let it off the lead however we have been attacked twice by dogs of leads one time we had to go into the play area of a park away from a staffie that charged us the dog i had did nothing to make them act like they did i dont think it should be allowed when other dogs are around for both other walkers safty and the dogs off lead because you dont know what kinda dog yours can walk upto
 

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if i'm in an area away from other dogs i let my staff off the lead, i'd rather not run the risk of anything potentially happening, although if she catches the scent or sight of a rabbit and she goes she comes straight back if i call her, best to be safe than sorry though
 

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Mine is a border collie x husky and i have only recently started to let her off... she loves being off and i often go jogging with her. She comes straight back to me whenever she is called. She did once try chasing a squirrel, but when it ran, she came running back to me for reassurance:lol2:
She is very scared of other dogs as she was attacked as a puppy, so as soon as i see another dog off lead coming into the park, or wherever i happen to be, she will be put back on her lead.
As for her prey drive, i can honestly say I have no idea what she would do, if say a rabbit ran out in front of her. Going by what she is like indoors with my other pets, she would leave it alone... But then all dogs are different :whistling2:
 

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I had a huge boxer dog and he was the best dog iv ever come across, months of trainning helped but he would be fine off the lead, turn and comeback in a second, followed every command, would sit and let other dogs pass even little ones that would have snaps,
At the park he would sit/lay there and wait if there was any children not mine around id lead him but again he would stay put

he was very much the perfect dog :sad:
 

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Only when a dog is taught how to behave perfectly on lead should it be let off lead, i see way too many dogs jumping all over strangers and alot of the time their owners seem to allow it, unacceptable.

Personally i don't let my dogs off lead with the exception of the fenced doggy park for social gatherings and at a beach we go to. I don't see the need to let your dog off lead when going on walks.
 

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We have a 4yr old lurcher (3/4 greyhound, 1/4 deerhound) that we have had from a pup. Despite trying him several times, we dont let him off the lead at all. if we do, the legs kick in and the brain turns off! He will run and jump up at anyone, has no road sense whatsoever and will run up and down in the middle of the road, and doesnt come back at all. In fact he is gone out of view so quickly its unbelievable. Then we have to go looking for him, and then we get a call from someone who has found him. This sounds like we let him off regularly - we dont. We have tried 3 or 4 times in his life, all in places supposedly 'safe'. When we let him off in an enclosed tennis court (with permission) he almost broke his neck running straight into the chain link fencing. Its lead all the way for us.
 

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we have a staffie and her recall is 100% without fail, regardless of other dogs other animals anything, she will always come back every time straight away, and we always let her off of the lead.
 

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I have three well trained dogs, they all come off their leads and have good recalls. (something I worked damned hard at) I believe that having time off the lead and being allowed to "be a dog" (sniffing, running, etc) is needed for mental well being, cant imagine not letting them off the lead (tho I would feel very differently if I had a Sibe/Akita/Mal etc)

I have a Rough Collie, Cocker Spaniel x and a Dutch Shepherd
 

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I have Dobbies and let them off over the green or in the woods. They are well trained, come straight back when called or sit/down at distance.

I had a Weimaraner who was very good off the lead with the exception that she'd bring back birds in her mouth for me. Soft mouthed so the birds always managed to fly off afterwards.

Re the 'Mal' comment above I have 2 mates with Malamutes who are both good off the lead with good recall.
 

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i have three dogs a border collie, jack russel, and a german shephard. i let the border collie and german shephard off there lead all the time. the collie is great off the lead and so is the german shephard, but i do keep my german shephard muzzled. this is because in her past she was beaten (previous owners) and is currently being trained to like men again (she loves me :p) but everytime someone comes i do call her back and make her sit untill the people or person has passed, but all respond well to commands the jackrussel however just barks at any dog he sees so he stays on the lead :p
 

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If you cant trust your dog off the lead you need to do more training as far as im concerned. Its not really fair having a dog, especially high energy breeds like staffies and collies and never letting it off the lead. Both my older boys come out when im riding and when at the beach/woods and have perfect recall, I cant imagine not letting my dogs off the lead - how would they get rid of their pent up energy otherwise?
The puppy we have just got will most defininetly be trained untill she does have perfect recall - untill then ill be using a lunge line so she at least have a good 15ft to run about!!:2thumb:
Forgot to say they are all staff/ bull breed.
 

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Our rottie never goes in public areas as she is a guard dog however she gets on with the other 2 when they are let off at the farm. The rottie has full run of the farm except when visitors come
 

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Only when a dog is taught how to behave perfectly on lead should it be let off lead, i see way too many dogs jumping all over strangers and alot of the time their owners seem to allow it, unacceptable.

Personally i don't let my dogs off lead with the exception of the fenced doggy park for social gatherings and at a beach we go to. I don't see the need to let your dog off lead when going on walks.
I disagree. Off lead training has nothing to do with on lead training. Off the lead training will form a stronger bond than on the lead training.
 

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Our rottie never goes in public areas as she is a guard dog however she gets on with the other 2 when they are let off at the farm. The rottie has full run of the farm except when visitors come
With proper training 'guard dogs' are fine in public areas. At least it has the run of the farm.
 

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With proper training 'guard dogs' are fine in public areas. At least it has the run of the farm.

Agreed, both mine are guards and have perfect recall (I can take them out whilst riding and they will heel,sit ,stay fine).
 
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