My 2 B boys are neutered males, going on one year. My family is at home taking care of our farm while I am here in the US for a 2 week family visit. Both of them are attached to me at my hip and with me all the time. It has been hard for them with me gone. They look for me.
A few days ago my daughter was riding on a trail near the farm, turned around and they were gone. Jenga was turned into our SPA by someone the next day and Rudy came home after 30 hours, scratching on the front door at midnight. This was the first time they ever wandered off and they are now under house arrest until I get home. We are very thankful they are safe and sound! Considering the number of critters in the forest and the fact that there were some folks baiting for fox recently I do indeed think we were very lucky.
Based on their route and behavior it is possible they were looking for me. I do believe our days of having them free-roaming around the farm are finished and will have to carefully monitor the situation when I get home. I know they like to run and S/B kept on leash but I has somewhat hoped the remoteness of our farm might lend to a lifestyle offering more liberty for them. Has anyone else had their "babies" explore the world on their own?
Another behavioral problem arose during my absence too. Their recall response with me is very good. I've never had any problems. However, with hubby and kids it is non-existent. Have any families used a whistle with success or is it simply an attachment and respect issue. With me, they are very cooperative and they respond well to hand signals and body language. I know the rest of my family should work with them but it simply isnt possible due to their schedules. It would be nice to be able for them to control them in some way when outside. Inside the house is not a problem. Any suggestions would be welcome.