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Nieve owner- needs advice!

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Hi everyone! Most of you know I have Calvin. He is almost 1 year old now and the best dog ever! My question is this....I see people walking around parks with their dogs walking nicely next to them OFF LEASH and I am wondering how they train that. I would like to have Calvin hang out with us in the front yard, but have never actually had him off leash for fear of him running off. He did respond to the "come" command MOST of the time, but it has been about 5 months since we have used it due to "The Lizzie Factor". How do I train him to hang out with us off leash without actually letting him off leash? My other concern is that if I "try it out" in the front yard, I'm afraid he may remember his 3 day adventure with Lizzie and start to go on another one! Does that make sense? Help!
Thanks! Leslie
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I would love to trust Frankie too in the front yard off a leash, but I feel better when he has one on. He listens very good and we have been taking him out in the front when we are there, but we put in on a real long leash so he can move around alot. I have to admit he has been very good especially with the little kids, he doesn't jump on them as much which is a good thing and he doesn't go after other dogs, just watches them walk by, he has definatly calmed down in the past couple of months. He does have a fenced yard so the only time he is tied up is when we are out with him in the front.
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