Kathryn Dobyns

    OH, darn that leash! I am told it should be “invisible” even when attached to the dog… Seriously, though, Hunter mostly searches really well off leash – except in a very large space, such as a large fenced exterior (mini golf course) or very open warehouse space – you have seen him in video from the agility training building. In those really big areas he gets so excited to be “free!” that it takes some coaxing to keep him a bit on task. The leash really helps to limit his exploration in that case. In small to medium size Interior spaces, off-leash is always my preference, and I like practicing Containers occasionally off-leash, to reduce my influence (interference?) on his choices. So no “one-size-fits-all” answer!