This post by Jennifer Flaten
Ginger is not the kind of dog you can let off leash, well at least not yet and not with some serious intervention from the dog whisperer. We are working on it though.
Pepper our black lab mix was the same when he was young. As a teenage dog, he escaped several times. One time he conned my mother in law into letting him outside for his potty break without a leash. I swear you could hear him laughing as he scampered around the neighborhood with my poor mother in law trailing behind begging him to return. We got him back no problem and gave him the doggie version of a time out.
It didn’t stop escapades. Never one to miss an opportunity to socialize (my mom always called him the mayor), one evening he hopped out of the car in a parking lot, a dark, nearly deserted parking lot. Pepper and I were picking my husband up from his late shift, as my husband was introducing me to one of his co-workers Pepper decided he, too needed an introduction and he slipped out of the partial open car door and proceeded to lead us on a merry chase around the parking lot.
You don’t know fun until you’ve chased an all black dog around a poorly lit parking lot at 11pm.
Eventually, he settled down and could be trusted to be off leash while well supervised.
Now we have Ginger, as spicy as her namesake she is small but incredibly fast. Her favorite game is to wait by the back door and when I open the door to take the laundry outside she shoots outside.
It plays out the same every single time, I trail behind her calling her to come back while she takes a victory lap or two-perhaps even three around the yard and then finally returns to me looking only slightly guilty.
It’s a game, I just need to make sure she plays by the rules, which is stay in the yard and come back when I call.