As you all know I just adopted Taz, my basenji / terrier mix about 3 months ago. Since that day, I have been diligently training Taz on the basics. He is smart and usually finds a way around the rules but being basenji means staying on your toes. I never have let him off leash except at the football field where he is fenced in. I always worried about him running off and getting lost. I have however, been working with him at the football field on the whistle recall. I didn't think he was ready to be trusted off leash because I felt his recall was somewhat lacking. Well about 2 weeks or so ago I decided to take him and Levi over to the trails across the street where we usually go mountain biking and hiking normally. At first I hooked them up together and let them run. Every so often, Taz would drag his butt on the ground to make Levi stop, because he caught a wiff of something he wanted to explore, but couldn't because he was attached to Levi. So, at that point, I decided to let Taz run by himself but with the leash still attached. I had concerns but cautiously watching his every move, I hiked on. As we continued, I started to notice that he was sticking to me like glue. If he stops to smell something, I can't get too far down the trail before he comes bounding down the trail behind me sounding like a miniature horse. So, now, everytime we go hiking he has been off leash. We hike with the dogs almost every day, weather permitting, instead of going to the ball field. The dogs get their exercise and so do we. Here are a few shots of them on different days. I think Taz's coat matches him perfectly!
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