Dragon2323: Can Samoyed be trusted off leash?
I'm thinking about getting a Samoyed puppy or adopt one if I could find one in my area. I have a lot of experience with Husky so I was wondering if Samoyed can be trusted off leash or are they more like their cousin, husky. I know that husky must be on leash as all time.
I live near a lake and they have dog beach where we can take it off leash (with a city permit)
I'm also thinking about an American Eskimo but I think Samoyed will be a better companion for my husky.
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Answer by jumptumblestunt
It completely depends on the dog. If he doesn't even turn a head at people, dogs, or Sqirrels, and if he has an 100 percent reliable recall and heel, he is able to be trusted off leash
But for most Sammies this requires extensive training (couple hours a day anyone?) or at least a dog with arthritis who wont chase even if he wants to…and you don't want to wait for that :(
See how your dog does first and check your leash laws…good luck!
Answer by walkinglady
Samoyeds have strong chase instincts, so you need to have your dog well trained, know his temperament as well as pick and choose the time and place to let him off lead. They are dogs who always like to be with their owner, but the owner has to make sure the dog knows who the leader is. So, it would depend both on the individual dog's temperament, as well as your skill as the trainer.
Answer by babyjustn
I had a samoyed and while I can't say it applies to all dogs ours was a handful. We bred huskys when I was younger and I would say they are similar. They are very athletic and need to be in an area where they can run and play – much like your husky. Ours had an electric fence that he would run through, even though he was getting shocked. He also started to get mean around 3 years of age. We ended up having to take him to a cow farm where he was not really around strangers and he did OK.
He was well manered on the leash and learned quickly but I think since they are related to the chow breed they tend to be a little nippy and uncomfortable around strangers.
Answer by hmmmm in reply to babyjustn
I’ve never heard of worst description of this breed. Samoyeds love everyone and everything and are never aggressive unless wrongly bred/mixed or trained with physical abuse.
Answer by NadHatter
more importantly find out if your state has leash laws. Here in PA, all dogs must be secured at all times.
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