|09-08-2013 01:54 PM|
I think there's something to this, but I've never personally tested it because I've always gotten my dogs as either young (9 & 10 weeks) or older (16 & 20 weeks) puppies. At home training has always been almost entirely off leash, and we start taking them to off leash parks at a fairly young age - around 4 months for Dena & Keefer, and Halo at 15 weeks old.
When young, I think especially in a new environment away from home, there's a natural inclination for the puppy to stay close and follow the owner. Having this be a normal routine part of their lives from an early age makes it no big deal, as opposed to a dog being off leash for the first time as an adult, where it's a sudden novelty.
Still, my dogs are never off leash around roads and cars, we only take them to safe off leash areas. And I would never leave a dog loose if I didn't have a fenced yard either. Better safe than sorry. And as you said, consistent training is important too.
|09-08-2013 12:01 PM|
Imprinting Off Leash Puppies vs Adults
I've always had either adolescent or adult dogs and wanted to know if some of you have seen a big difference in how a puppy who is imprinted properly with off leash training responds, versus an adult dog that you may have gotten later in life when it comes to reliability? This is assuming that the training is kept consistent as the dog grows. I have a neighbor who has a 9 year old GSD that was raised with the family since 8 weeks old and they were telling me that she can go anywhere with or without a leash. However the dog they adopted 2 years ago still can't be free without a fence or being restrained by a leash. I hope this question makes sense.