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I usually let my dog off leash in parks or places where its isolated with plenty of room and its only me and him. Of course there have been times where he has wondered off to another dog with another owner that I did not see. I think it depends on the training. My husky wonders far away enough to where he can keep his eyes on me. When I call him he comes mostly to me and sometimes near to me.  I think if you want to train them off leash then isolated areas are a good place to start and then slowly start adding distractions. Or you can get a professional $$... just my 2 cents

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Zola has been with for 1 month only so we are still establishing our relationship. So No I don't let her off unless in an enclosed space.

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Zola has been with for 1 month only so we are still establishing our relationship. So No I don't let her off unless in an enclosed space.
I wouldn't even if your dog was 10 years old , enclosed space only

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                                          I have a 7' fence around 37 acres. Sarah has escaped multiple times and i had to stop traffic to catch her. I live way out in the country but people drive fast on these back country roads.  I bought a collar that has beeps, vibrates and shock.  I dont use the shock but the  vibration mode does wonders. When she goes towards the corner of the property and i press a button, she comes back at full speed. this will save her life.

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I’ve always let my husky off the lead from around 8 months and she has been awesome. We have local woods that she can run and chase vermin till her hearts content... as long as I keep an eye on her and keep her close and in sight. I get a lot of compliments on her behaviour/character. Even when we have been for a run and going back home there is a spot she will always stop at to get her lead back on, same with at the house I take her lead off as soon as I open the door and she will go in herself while I am taking my bike into the house.


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Oh, my back garden fence is 4ft at most, gate 3-4 ft at most and she’s never once tried to escape, she will sit with her head between the slats just watching the day go by, I also know when someone is coming to the house as she will run in to go to the front door. If we get a takeaway our delivery driver brings her a biscuit and when we get our weekly shopping delivered she is always at the front door to say hello and have a rummage to see if we got her anything. She never steps out the door if I say no


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Luna sounds like the exception to the rule, they can be like that for years and then one day they just go. We take ours with us on days out, they have 3 hours + a day walking plus off lead runs and still Cai would be gone in a heartbeat if he was able to escape and Luka blue shows no interest in escaping but he would follow Cai. When Cai’s on his walks all he does is look for prey, he just wants to hunt!






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I only let mine off in a secure enclosed dog park. Funnily enough it's the people have never owned a husky that's will argue they should be off leash. No way will I let mine off. He has a strong prey drive the minute he's got a scent he goes crazy. 

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 A couple of comments Ill make im surrounded by cows and sheep. ive two acre garden which is lots of fences walls but a bit of a bug to maintain. \\\\problem is the cows ive about 1000 trees ive grown around my place but it attracts Trebs ( a local term used by foresters around here/ Tree eating barstewards) they eat the leaves climbing the stone walls causing massive damage yearly even  broke the gate open last year  causing a escape.Ill add just before Christmas a possible Christmas postal worker when delivering left my big farm gate open when delivering . id not spotted it when letting my two out for morning abloutions. But spotted it as soon as I opened door and fortunately they have there regular spots they wish to go before getting quickly to gate to shut it and curse. But ill add a few points  I did have a escape a few month back when the normal brass lock we all use came off  Topaz it took a few seconds to see what happened I tried to call her back but when she realized she not attached she went off. ( I had to get assistance from farmer on quad bike to retrive her  my gate left open and he virtually rounded her up till she went home to my yard. But suspect as its happened before its because of them being huskys. Its the jump start they do it bang jumps the clasp and opens it. I had my big Malamute jump start and completely break his big leather collar he also used to go backwards and drag it off his head. To make Topaz more secure ive two leads attached when we out one to her collar  the other to her harness and one goes under the other.  My male (now Monty ) can undu a harness not sure if he does it deliberately but he loves doing upside down dog angels in thick grass or snow.  hes rubbing up and down the grass and stuff and the plastic connection has uncoupled before now and ive spotted it and managed to get it back before problems ensued. Topaz had children thow stones at her so very scared in the garden and soon scoots in . But Monty I attach a 60ft lead that's proved usefull. Ive most places stone walls 4ft to 5ft tall and added on them 3ft of chicken wire but am aware that that is not sufficient  . Ive had them jump straight at the chicken wire and it burst  or get through gap between chicken wire and wall. The 60ft lead came in usefull then as the lead caught in the wall  and enabled to go round capture him and reel in the lead to lead him back. Earlier on in spring Monty was in garden "nuzzling" a lamb. It had jumped over my fence something its mother could not do to help it. Monty was just gripping its fur  so no harm done 

 Ill add one other tip because ive got two huskys I have a dual lead attached to rope I  tie around my waist   you can have them jumpstart snatch normal leads outta your hand

 so putting it round you waist stops that but them two together is major advantage as they are stupid in this respect as they will run off and if any big stones or tree around they will go either side consequence is they easy to catch  them

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Well, my dog is part shepherd and pretty obedient.
On a long line, he always pauses and looks back at me if he is more than 10-20 feet ahead. He comes when called.
So, it is tempting to let him offleash! 

But every time I even think about it, something seems to happen...
For example, once we were all alone in a high meadow in the woods. Not a place where many dog walkers or hikers come.
I was thinking, "I'll drop the leash and let him run around and explore!"
But I couldn't quite work up the courage.
Just as we were heading on the trail out of the meadow, a herd of deer dashed by with their white tails flashing.
My dog went nuts.
If he had not been on a leash, he would have taken off after them and who knows when he would have stopped?
He might have gotten lost deep in the woods, or chased them across the road - probably it would have been ok, but you just never know.
I am not a risk-taker! 


 

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