I agree, though that around people, I hook up the umbilical cord so the people think I have her under control, LOL. Again, Babs, well, it is more than just a recall, it is a bond. And it isn't a scaredy bond. It is like I talk to her in paragraphs, and she knows what I want. I know what she wants by just looking at her. She knows what I want before I ever say anything.
I could call her off a deer or rabbit in full flight, as I could and did with her mother. It's like I know her inside out.
I walked her mother off lead through a bunch of drunks smoking outside of the bar. No problem. Scary only in that if one of the drunks did something really dumb, then well, the umbilical cord wasn't there, and Arwen would have just dodged out of the yayhoo's way. But she was heeling, and I am not sure if they were even aware that she was off lead.
Now both of these I had CDs and RAs on. Working a dog off lead in a ring is not the same as taking them out in the real world. The ring has fencing that any self-respecting GSD could step over, but they don't, well mine haven't so far. There are distractions, but they are not like the distractions of being off lead on the sidewalk, when there are cars, a stray dog or cat, squirrels, humans, and the like.
One night I was heeling with Babs off lead, and a cop came out of nowhere running right at us. We were heeling, so I just put my hand down and closed on her collar. She didn't do anything though.
The other night we were out and she was walking about 10 - 15 feet ahead of me. Why? I don't know. She was quicker in the snow I guess. But when I called to her to find heel, she did. But as I say, there is good communication between us, I can say, "stay out of the street" and she will, "stay out of the mud", and she will go the route of the sidewalk panels away from the mud. It's uncanny how we understand each other.
Today I told her to "Go with her" when I was at the vet. And she did. It is not something I train for. None of it really. I was holding her while the vet tech was learning how to draw blood. This takes more sticks than usual. Another vet tech was in there, and Babs kept giving her kisses. Weird. I was letting her because she was being good and not acting overly afraid or anything. The woman getting the kisses told me then that she told them that I was a good holder and that I wouldn't have let anything happen. Uhm, so I was supposed to be keeping her from eating the lady with the needle? Glad we were clear on that before the fact.
But the dog is seven. If she was eight months old, it would be a little different. I suppose you really should know your dog well enough to trust them somewhat by the time they are seven when you have had them their whole lives. Or, you should know your dog well enough not to trust them in certain situations by the time they are seven. The number of Oh Shoot! moments when the dog totally surprises you should go way down to practically nill by then.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC