On Saturday, hubby and I decided to "let go" of the leash at the grassy area near his old junior high. There were a few other people there: one perfecting his golf swing., a couple men flying RC planes and an owner training his golden retriever off leash. I thought these distractions would send Trice everywhich way, but surprisingly, he was very focused on us!
The moment we unclasped the leash, we let him run wild. I could see his corgi smile shine through, knowing he wasn't restricted by a leash. It was very fulfilling to watch him so happy. We threw his favorite toy as far as we could and Trice obediently fetched it and returned it back to us. We did this with a tennis ball too. After about 20 times or so we wanted to try something else.
Walked away from him: this was very scary for me as I wasn't sure if Trice would follow us. We decided not to look back and just let Trice realize his humans are no longer around. This will result in one of two things: he will either start running towards us OR he realizes he's free and will run away. Well guess what, within seconds he was right by our side!!!
Finally, there were several fenced in dogs adjacent to the junior high. As we approached, the dogs erupted into wild barking at Trice. Trice of course runs towards the fence and starts barking back at them. However, the moment we yelled his name, he barked at the dogs one final time (as if to say, "see ya, gotta go!") and walks towards us.
But that's not all. Later that night, we go to my dad's house for dinner with Trice. Someone accidentally left the garage door open and Trice walks outside. I made sure not to get excited or anxious so I follow him to see where he's going. Apparently, he wanted to follow someone into his car and waited patiently, hoping he would get picked up and put into the car with them (he loves car rides). I directed his attnetion away from the departing car owner, and figured it would be a good time to test his "stay" command.
There, outside of the house (where Trice can easily run away and that would be the last time I see him), Trice patiently "stayed" while I walked further and further away from him. When I was about 10 feet away, I yelled, "come" and had him "sit". He was so amazing that I had to treat him.
Needless to say, Trice made me look very good to my family. =) They adore him 100x more now. Since then, I was able to take him outside off-leash around our condo complex and he is fine. He stiffs around a lot, but once I start to walk away or call his name, he'll come right away.
This was an amazing milestone for him. I'd like to bring him to a dog beach or dog park for a next test.