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The one that (almost) got away

Saturday afternoon, windsingerphox and I went to take Saku for a long walk around the neighborhood. For those who are familiar with the area, we did the whole circuit up Hillside to Rolling, Rolling to Old Keene Mill, OKM back to Hillside, and back home. This makes a look of about.. oh, 3 miles I think.

As we were passing the post office, up on Rolling Road, Saku's collar broke. He wasn't even tugging on it very hard, it just... slipped open. Almost as though he were expecting it, he bolted instantly. I started chasing after him, but a human is no match for a healthy adult malamute. I was barely able to keep up with him, and only managed to gain ground when he made wide turns that I was able to cut the corner on. I almost caught up with him in the bank parking lot, but just as I was about to grab him, he bolted again. At this point I was beginning to despair ever catching him. He ran straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle (in the parking lot), the driver of which fortunately saw him and stopped. Saku turned right, to go in between two parked cars, and my luck came into play again - one of the cars had someone getting out of it. This slowed Saku down even more, and I yelled to the guy, asking him to please grab Saku. We were finally able to pin Saku down when he stopped to sniff at a bush. Windsinger came trotting up with the leash, which we looped around itself and used as a choke collar to get Saku the remaining mile and half to home.

Whew.

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camstone
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
Oy. Glad you're all safe.

uhm... Time for training/lessons?
malamute
Oct. 17th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Mally thinks, "WheeEe! Time to play chase!! :D~"

Does he normally tug or pull you along during walks?
wolffit
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
He normally tries. I normally don't let him.

Funny thing is, he wasn't pulling very hard at all when the collar popped open.
malamute
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thing that has worked for me in the past is taking a baggie along full treats that dogs can't resist; the cheapest 'n best I've used so far is raw hotdog weiners chopped up into tiny cookies. When they try to pull ahead and walk you instead of the other way around, I'd entice him back to my side with a treat and some attention. Over time they learn to do it without the treats.
wolffit
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm less than impressed with the quality of "Ruff Wear" dog supplies ... and am going to follow up with them on this. They claim a metal quick release buckle, but in reality only HALF is metal, the other half is plastic .. and here is the end result of such a crappy design.

- Keman
cerisewolf
Oct. 17th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
Time for a harness?
firedhusky
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
wow. unfortunatelly they like to run free. I teached fritz to respond to the word cookie or ride.

so if i say cookie he will stop and try to figure out where the cookie is. Also if you start ofering him a ride, he gets confused and doesnt know what car to jump into. so if you open the door of your car and ofer him a ride, he wil jump in.

worked already once for me :)

But, Saku is probably smarter than Fritz.

paw waves

FDH
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