As you may know, we live in Providence in a concrete jungle. We have no yard whatsoever, and the only time the pups are outside is when they are on their daily walk. We do have several dog parks in the area, but I don't take them due to various reasons. So needless to say, Chewy and Lilibell do not have the pleasure that often of running around in a yard without being tied to me!
On the Fourth of July, we went to Steve's sister's house (Lori) for the day. She lives in Hope Village (the Country!) and has a yard that is somewhat fenced in. I decided to let the puppers off of their leash and see how they would do. Lilibell ran around screaming "Freedom Freedom!" and Chewy tore after her. Since they were having so much fun with their freedom, I decided that I would train them to come to me so that way, if they decided to wander off to the neighbor's yard, they would come to me when I called for them. It worked pretty well....if they started to wander, I would call them and if they came to me, they would get a treat. Chewy did great with it, but Miss Lilibell does not like to listen and several times escaped over to the neighbor's yard and boy did I have a hard time trying to catch her...she kept dodging me and running away (that little girl does enjoy her games, lol!).
This past Sunday we went to Steve's father's house (Tony) for his birthday. Now, they have a big backyard, but it is not fenced in at all. So once again I got the treats (Cheerios....they go crazy over these things!), and took their leashes off. It was so funny to see them fly all over the yard (I do have a video of this, but need to wait until we get our computer back)! And all and all, they did pretty darn good with staying within boundaries and coming to me when I called them. Chewy in fact did so well that he had his leash off the whole afternoon and would always come to me when he strayed too far away, except for a couple of times when something in the front yard caught his interest and off he went, with me chasing after him (but this only happened like 2 times). Miss Lilibell, on the other hand, after a while stopped listening to me (typical Princess, lol!) and I had to put her leash back on. I think she needs a little more work in this department!
But my Chewy did his Momma proud with how well he listened and came back each and every time I called him!