I just had a scare.  I was taking Leena out to use the bathroom, and even though I am constantly tightening her collar, she wriggled loose (scared by a rolling garbage can... it's windy today).  Luckily, I was able to coax her around the apartment to our door in the back by saying "C'mon, Leena, let's go!"  It took the promise of Honey Bunches of Oats to finally get her inside.

 

The moral of the story is that I need to continuously check her collar, and everyone else should, too.  Never knew it'd get so loose on its own!

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Jane is so right!  Get yourself some bacon, turkey, etc.  Start that emergency call training.  I use two.  I can whistle real loud or I use a word they never hear otherwise (therefore no confusion on the command).  All my neighbors know the word in case they get out of the yard.  Something you can yell real loud if need be.  Multisyllabic words are easier for the dog to recognise when yelled.  My two can be chasing a cat (their personal favorite) and will stop immediately and return on the emergency call.  You must give special treats when they comply and fuss over them big time.

I live in an urban setting on a quiet street that connects to one of the busiest streets in the city.  An emergency call and the stop command are as essential as potty training.  A stop command is important in my area.  If they are, let's say across the street, you may not want them to run back across.  The stop command makes them stay where they are until you can retrieve them. 

My corgi is like all other corgis.  She is totally deaf when given a command she does not feel like doing.  LOL  The stop and emergency command promises good eats and lots of praise!

My CoJack complies, but if it is exciting like a cat or something, she whines and dances the whole time.  It is comical.

I kind of had a scare the other day.  My yard does not have a fence, so I go out with Scout, and she stays in the yard, or I put her out on a tie out for a couple minutes if I can't watch her...

So, I come home the other day and see a note on my door: "Door was wide open, black and white dog outside, put dog back inside and closed door"

It was from my neighbor, and I guess Scout was a good dog and she was just chilling on the porch waiting for someone to come along.. Luckily, the cat (who I do not think would have stayed in the yard at all) was locked in the other room for the day.  Don't know how my door was open, as it's not even the door I use, but glad nothing bad happened.

o wow that is a big scare! im glad she came back to u.

when teddy was just a young and i was leash training him i put him on his normal flat buckle collar but while i was walking a mom with some kids was passing by, teddy got so excited by seeing the kids that he broke out of his collar and ran into the middle of the street while a car was coming. i thank God that the driver was paying attention as he stopped in time. i said absolutely no more buckle collars. the same day i went out and bought him a harness and leash trained him on that, i never had a problem after that but i will say i do also have a martingale collar as not all situations call for a harness (like just walking from the car to the dog dog park) if u tighten the martingale collar just right it will not choke them and they cant escape from them

I am unable to walk my pups so we play outside a lot, recall for me is "treats'. They occasionally sneak out the front door and my goodness I am scared, they run around the front yard but I say "treat" and they run in. And it will be a good treat too.

 

Scary but I agree it is time to work on a really reliable recall. If one of mine gets out they stay with me and if a cat walks by I call them to me. However, there are certain things where I am unsure if they would be reliable (they love the mail lady) so I am really careful to keep them leashed. Recall is something to periodically work on with great treats throughout their lives.
We had a similar scare the other week. The front door was held open a little too long and Potus bolted straight out. We ran after him but he wouldn't come back no matter what, he was off on his own little walk! I had squeaky toys and treats but it wouldn't tempt him. I had to chase him two blocks, in which time he bolted over a busy road with my heart pounding in fear over him getting hit. He cleared the road, even stopped to pee and poop but everytime I got close he would run off again. If I stopped he would stare at me then bolt- so I had to keep chasing him even though it was probably encouraging him to run. I just had to beat him in his little game of chasey. Eventually he ran up a driveway and into a garage where something smelt nice. I came up the drivway after him and he tried to dart past me but I caught him and carried him home until my mother drov e past looking for us and drove us the rest of the way. Needless to say I am now petrified of him doing it again. He is 3 this week and we thought we'd eliminated the use of doggy fences and such but now we have to have one in the entryway so even if he got through the front door he couldn't make it off the porch.
You must get a martingale collar, they are the best ..Carly got lose from her regular collar one time about a yr ago and i thought i was goin to have a heart attack. I had both two grand girls with me and 5 yr old and a one yr and had to leave them in the car parked at he the school, while i ran willy nilly round and back and trying to grab her butt!! LOL It wasn't funny at the time, but now i can laugh!  I think, like you,  the sheer horror of what may have happened if she got in the very busy street , sounding so frantic in my voice made her comeback to me after five minutes of me trying.

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