Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hailey The Magnificent

First, did you see that Hailey won the 2016 Blogville Demolition Derby over at Oreo's?  Congratulations to all the participants for a great race!


One of the things we have been trying with our girl, is a little off leash training. We realize she isn't going to be a dog who can be off leash as much as Phod, her hunting drive is too strong. However, we believe she can have a little off leash time.

We have been picking times when she doesn't appear distracted by anything in the yard (aka not in hunting mode) and when the chances of deer/skunks/etc. appearing in our yard are lower (so mid day and not morning and evening).  We stay near by and have her drag a leash so we can step on it if hunting mode kicks in. It has been going well and she has been able to be off leash for 5 minutes or so with no incidents.


This makes us happy!


25 comments:

  1. we use the step-leash too, Easy is the same character like Lee (the perfect match in any way). we used it yesterday too as we met a gordon setter... we called Easy back and we thought it is ok... but the sneaky guy ran around the car to tease the strange dog from behind....what a stinker!

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  2. Hari OM
    what a great plan and I am sure that Lee is appreciative of those trust-moments too! YAM xx

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  3. Well done!!! A little at a time and you can build from there.

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  4. I'm sure it makes her happy too! Half of my collies can be trusted off leash, and half cannot. Maybe someday...

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  5. Congratulations! Mom would let us off leash if you paid her
    Lily & Edward

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  6. Oh wow, WELL DONE Hailey!!!!
    I haf to stay on the lead 'cos otherwise I goes hunting in the gutters for TREASURES!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  7. Good Job Hailey!!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  8. Wahoo!! Go Hailey!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  9. That's a very good plan. Hope it works. Mom says she would never be brave enough to let us off leash without a good fence. That running instinct is just too strong.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  10. Nice going Hailey! Daisy could take a lesson from you... ;)

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  11. Hailey you were a maniac in that demo derby! Glad you are getting some off leash time
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  12. We're terriers, so we understand the prey drive. Luckily, we don't have much wildlife where we walk. But good work Hailey...Free walking is the best.

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  13. Congrats on winning the demo derby, Hailey.

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  14. First a derby winner, and now running around off-leash. Way to go, Hailey! ~ Amy

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  15. WooooHoooo! OMD, looks like you gots a HUGE yardie to run in gurl! I gots a smaller, butts fenced front yardie with mostly dead grass that I run in when Gpa is watchin' me. (Ma doesn't likes it cause I bark my arse off at any dog walkin' by...Gpa doesn't give a crap! BOL)
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. Almost forgots ~ CONGRATS on the Derby win!!!!

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  16. Congrats to Hailey for the derby win and getting some off leash time.

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  17. Lucky you to be off-leash, Hailey! That's huge and congrats on your win!

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  18. Great job, Hailey! We do a bit of off-leash training with Rita as well when we have a chance. I would probably never completely trust her off-leash, but it's good training in case something happens!

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