I'm still in the blissful "cautious to venture too far" phase, and if it lasts forever I sure won't mindMost puppies are quite reliable when young - they don't want to venture away (pre-programmed to stay near adults to decrease chances of getting eaten by wild animals). As they get a bit older, they start going a little further away to explore the world.
I got complacent. I thought that once we had achieved a solid recall that as long as I continued to praise and fuss him plenty when he came back each time, that the recall instinct was pretty much a done deal! But the past few weeks he seems to have gone deaf on me!Well, not to seem flippant but your dog becomes reliable off leash when you have spent the time training your dog for it and training yourself to be alert for the signals that indicate there might be an environmental distraction around that needs to be redirected ...
There is no magic age although training happy rewarding recalls every day from day one will certainly help.
The recall should still be worked regularly when your dog is 14 years old.
Are there any "safe" areas near to your home where she could eventually have some test walks off leash. I don't know if you are in the town or the countryside....?We haven't even tried to let Chloe off leash yet. Backyard in fenced yard is the only time. We don't know what she would do or how she would act. We would just rather not take the chance. We have a tether line that we tie to the basketball poll if we are out front. If we ever get out to my aunts to go swimming in her pool that will probably be the first time we let her. Jake always liked to help bring in groceries. Chloe acts like she wants to do the same but not yet. One of these days we will put the tether on her and let go and see how she does.
We live in a housing subdivision. No major roads but plenty of traffic through our neighborhood. Funny as I typed that Saturday my dad took her for a walk. He didn't use her harness. Her collar seems to be not working right as it goes bigger for no reason. Anyway she got out of it twice. I don't know if she didn't realize it but she didn't go anywhere and he was able to get it back on her.Are there any "safe" areas near to your home where she could eventually have some test walks off leash. I don't know if you are in the town or the countryside....?