I once too thought that my dogs would listen if I called them off leash. I took them with me to take the garbage and they were sniffing all around, smelled a bunny, followed the scent, found the bunny and took off. I chased them about 6 blocks, ACROSS a busy freeway and almost had a heart attack.
I've lived on acreages and farms and dogs still get hit by cars. Its would probably suit you best to get an invisible fence, that way it you won't have to dig up your yard. And since you really don't want to put in a normal fence, the neighbors dogs shouldn't bother you if they come in.
I have a dog who has done pretty intense training. Is one leg away from a rally Obedience title. Listens well off leash. Stops at roads and looks at you..
But she followed out the front door this evening when I went to grab a recycling bin, saw a dog and sprinted 2 houses down. Nothing happened.. No streets to cross, I apologized profusely to the other owner though. I felt so stupid.
Since that is with a dog with hardcore training.. Unless yours are working on commands all the time like it's a full time job, they need a leash and fence.
The more I think about this the more it angers me. FENCE IN YOUR YARD!
I was just telling a friend how I remember what happened to our neighbors dog when I was a kid. We lived on a road, the speed was 35, but everyone did about 60. Our neighbor across the street had a gorgeous standard poodle. Their son was allergic to dogs, but this dog happened to be ok with him. They had no fence. And I cant tell you how many mornings I woke up to the dog sitting on our doorstep. We told the guy to fence in his yard. His response "a fence would look bad, and he listens anyway." Well guess what. The dog got hit. His body was almost torn in half. We heard his screams from inside the house. He had to be put out of his misery on that road, there was no saving him.
All it takes is a split second. A butterfly, a bird, heck a leaf, to chase into the road. Another dog across the street. Sniffing. And they're gone. Don't risk it.
Fence.. in ... your... yard.
http://www.ashleyspets.com "A dog is not almost human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.
Fence it in or leash them!!!!! This may sound me but your friend or family could be the one to take there life!
When i was in kinagarden the people ND had a little mutt puppy. When i came home from school he would be at the door waiting for me. Well they had no fence just to add. He was waiting for me and he was so little only like 10-12 weeks old. And one day before my dad came to pick me up he feel asleep under the tire. When my dad went to back up he hit him he died right away. I didn't even know till the ND kids my friends told me that he buried him. He wasn't even my dog but i felt so bad still do because he was waiting for ME to come home. That is a horrible feeling and you NEVER EVER want to feel that. So get a leash or a fence!!!! That is you can do.....