So my boyfriend and I packed up our two B's and moved to North Carolina. We now live on a huge farm (out in the middle of nowhere!) with lots of woods nearby. Within our first week of moving my boyfriend convinced me that it would be okay to let the dogs off lead in the woods since we were miles from any road. Amazingly it went really well! Both dogs would run ahead, and then run back to us to check to see how we were doing. Any time I got nervous and called out they immediately came back. Talk about shocked! I just couldn't believe it! They were obviously happy to be running and exploring and I was pleased as punch to not be dragged along.
So what's the problem you say? Well, we tried this experiment again only with not so great results. The first time we put them back on the lead a mile before we got back to civilization. The second time we got lax and decided to let them run a little longer. Don't worry, nothing tragic happened BUT they ran so far ahead they couldn't hear us calling. We had to chase them down frantically. When we finally caught them, Sophie ran over with a clear look of joy saying "where in the world have you guys been?". Sigh. I'm I an incredibly dumb B owner for letting them run free? Does anyone have any training suggestions on how to keep them in the area closer to us? We have been working with recalls using a hunting whistle, but I admit I am EXTREMELY nervous to let them off again.:(