At the beginning and end of each hike we make the dogs heel - they aren't allowed to get more than a nose in front of us, and every once in a while we'll yell out their names and "HEEL" and they come running back into line - we treat trained them for this. We don't give nearly as many cookies now but they all still come running! Molly has fallen right into routine with the rest of them - its great fun If you trust Dex & Kirby's recall, I'd say go for it - just be armed with treats and try it first on a day you don't think many will be hikinglmtoth2 said:those photos are so cute!!!
I am so impressed w/how the dogs behave off leash. I am too chicken to try it...plus the park we go hiking in has other hikers and Dex would love to give them all kisses (whether they want it or not).
so Kristin when you planning your 3rd doodle? :wink:debbildog said:Not long actually - Just lots and lots of repetition. We walk one of 3 conservation lands daily, so we've had plenty of chances to practice.
And to think - Jeff, Annie & I make quite the scene with those 4 dogs... imagine with 6 or more!