Annie was VERY reliable offleash before she turned 6 months. Not particularly reliable from 8 to 14 months, she is slowly becoming more reliable again at 18 months. She has a high prey drive, and other dogs/people are more rewarding to her than any treat or ball. I have been working on her ball drive and focus on me with distractions, and her recall is getting far better. I unfortunately didnt have much opportunity for safe offleash practice when she was younger (I dont have a yard) but she is pretty reliable offleash now in a field or on an unpopulated hiking trail or at my dads acreage, or on a quiet country road. I wouldnt walk her offleash in the city or where I expect to see other dogs/people. So- if you work with a poodle from puppyhood, and anticipate teenaged hijinks, probably fine?Is it common for poodles to not be able to be trusted off leash? My golden retriever and German shepherd have been off leash pretty much since the day they came home as puppies with no problems, or even any close calls. Just wondering if this is something I should write down in my “poodle traits” list for when I eventually get one. Note to self: DO NOT let puppy off leash outside.
Fenris- wow, Sisko has made a lot of progress! Is that demand-sitting instead of demand barking I see ?!