Had a nice weekend camping with the Bs this weekend! We went to a remote location that was on a peninsula with NO roads! I've always wanted to see what Tayda and Lenny would do off leash but have never DARED to try it. Tayda has pretty good recall and not much of a prey drive (wierd, I know). I hooked a 15 foot cable tie out to her and let the other end drag on the ground, cause I just was too paranoid to let her go totally off leash, and she was a perfect little dog while we were hiking! She would wander off a little bit but would always come when I called her! I knew nothing would happen to her, and technically she couldn't really get away, since it was water on 3 sides and a long fence on the other, but the area of the place was still a few square miles, so I still left the cable on her. Lenny didn't get to try, since I haven't gotten him consistantly paying attention to me outside. That, and he has a REALLY high prey drive. But, what I did do, was hook them to each other! He would try to wander off a little to far for my comfort and I would call him - sometimes he'd come and sometimes he'd be too involved in sniffing whatever he was sniffing, in which case I'd call Tayda and that would jerk the line enough for him to come also! Plus if they took off together, I was SURE they would get hooked around a tree or something in the forest, and then I could just go over and pluck them out!
Anyway, they actually didn't stray too far from me - I was pleasantly suprised. And while we were standing around the campfire, I had their dog bed on the table and they just laid there nicely. Yay! Here are some pics!