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.

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Comment by Kelly on December 10, 2008 at 11:00am
Good job Trice! They really surprise you don't they? I've walked w/Gibson off-leash every once and a while since he was only 10 weeks, and he's always followed me. I think they just love us too much to run away!
Comment by Chantel & Princess Bella on December 10, 2008 at 10:36am
That's another thing I need to be working on, Bella pulls on the lead when we walk her. And when we are walking both our dogs, it becomes a race to her, and she has to be ahead of the other dog. She is basically walking us & not us walking her...so I guess I really need to get that right first.
Comment by Trice on December 10, 2008 at 10:34am
We trained trice at home with the basic come, sit, stay commands. Doing so on a regular basis, we believe built trust with him. He understands that we're the ones who take care of him, give him boundaries, so he respects us too.

I think taking him for walks 2-3 times daily on leash helped him learn boundaries. When on leash, we try to make sure that WE are the ones walking him and not the other way around.
Comment by Chantel & Princess Bella on December 10, 2008 at 3:17am
Thats amazing...what a good boy! Bella bolts out of our garage any chance she gets and I end up running after her in our complex. Its really scary. I need to train her not to run out. How did you get Trice trained so well?
Comment by Alla on December 9, 2008 at 6:36pm
Wow! Good job, Trice and proud parents!
Charlie is about the same age too, but I am a little hesitant to let him go off leash.
Comment by Andrea Nicole on December 9, 2008 at 5:49pm
Good job, Trice!

We took Viva to the beach one day and I was sooo terrified when Allan took her off her leash, but just like Trice she never went far enough for her to be out of our sight, or us out of hers. She likes car rides too, and that worries me a little. :P
Comment by Renee on December 9, 2008 at 5:44pm
Congrats to both you and Trice. I'm so excited for you. I will be in heaven if Max ever gets that far.

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