Just sharing a scare I had with Tucker on the FIRST day with him. I adopted him from BRAT and picked him up in Jersey. Spent the night with a friend in Philly prior to coming back to Virginia. My friend took Tuck into her apartment once we got to Philly as I was getting his crate and other stuff out of the car. There's about 5ft of sidewalk in front of her rowhouse and then a rather busy 2 lane street. I TOLD her to shut the door before loosing him. The next think I know I see this black flash run into the street and hear her screaming from inside the house. I freaked and remembered that the owners said if you shout his name, he'll freeze. I tried it and it didn't work, he was running full out and traffic from a recent light change was headed our way. The ONLY thing that saved him was he was still leashed on on a retractable. He ran in between parked cars and the handle lodged under a car tire. I was already in the middle of the street because I was going to get hit before I let him get hit, so traffic had already stopped, thank god.
Funny thing now, though, is that after extablishing myself as his daddy (Alpha), he doesn't bolt. I've come home after drinking on a few occasions and have let him off leash in my community at 3am while noone else (in their right mind) is up and about. He almost NEVER strays more than 50ft or so from me and always comes when called. I can circle the community and completely ignore him and whenever I look back, he's there in sight of me, doing his thing, but keeping up at his own pace. He never bolts out the door, even when someone arrives unannounced. He has gotten out only once (on a bolt) in our 18 months together and I was able to simply pick him up. He only went out because I was outside at my car and my friend opened the door of my condo. Tucker was watching me from the balcony and when he saw the door open, he bolted to come to me, not to 'escape'.
Strange dogs these B's, but I swear I have never known a more loyal dog who longs to be at his Alpha's side as much as Tucker does. Bolting or not, he's never bolting away from me, rather, only to not be left behind by me.