Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Use a drag line - long enough that you can reach it if you need to, but not so long it will be getting caught up on things.
If you are just using an old leash, cut the handle off, so it doensn't get caught on things.
Once you have done it a few times, you will know what your dogs capabilites are and have a better idea of how much control you have.
A few things I require of my dogs on off leash runs (which we do pretty much everyday), is 1) they must stay in sight, so if they start to get too far ahead I either call them back, or say "wait up" and they stop and wait until I say they can go again. When they were younger I had to say it much more often, now they are so conditioned they stay close on their own, I don't have to say it much. 2) no chasing wildlife, this is where your drag line comes in handy! 3) stay on the trail, no dogs in the woods where I can't see, because a porcupine, coyote or bear is not going to be as forgiving as I. So they must stay on the trail, the only time they will go off is to go to the bathroom, and only far enough in that I can still see them.