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Old 01-09-2015, 01:18 PM
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When we had Greyhounds, we had one female we used to leave loose all the time. She never wandered and was always right there. We did have a fence so she could not go onto the road but otherwise could go for quite a few miles up the fields.

I would have sworn that she never left the yard until one day we were driving down the road which paralleled our property but one property over and there she was in our top field racing for home. When we got home, there she was wagging her tail as if she had never been anywhere.
lol, she wasa smart girl, didn't want to get into trouble.
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Following @kmes advice is really the best solution.

Dogs are like small children. Given the chance they can and will get into trouble of some kind, to be safe please monitor her. I'd hate to see something happen to her.
But I`ve seen smart dogs - like the loose one in our village - he is super smart and does not resemble a child in one bit... I believe that given the chance to learn and develope dogs can become very environment-savy .. think of street dogs all over the world. But yes, there`s always a risk and I think that they pretty much either smarten up really fast or die tryin...

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wish we could just put a fence around the darn thing.
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But I`ve seen smart dogs - like the loose one in our village - he is super smart and does not resemble a child in one bit... I believe that given the chance to learn and develope dogs can become very environment-savy .. think of street dogs all over the world. But yes, there`s always a risk and I think that they pretty much either smarten up really fast or die tryin...

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wish we could just put a fence around the darn thing.
The reason you don't see childlike street dogs is (a) the childlike ones die, and (b) the more feral dogs get, the more they lose neotony, which is a feature of domestication, which is what causes the childlike quality. It's inappropriate to compare a truly domesticated pet to a feral animal.
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The reason you don't see childlike street dogs is (a) the childlike ones die, and (b) the more feral dogs get, the more they lose neotony, which is a feature of domestication, which is what causes the childlike quality. It's inappropriate to compare a truly domesticated pet to a feral animal.
that`s very interesting. although i think you`re neglecting a lot of "gray area" between the two. for an example, the loose dog in the village is not homeless or feral - he is a pet. he just can come and go as he pleases. he starts his day (after breakfast i assume) by doing the village check then he goes back home and does the village check again in the evening. when his owner goes somewhere in the village (the store, to visit someone etc) he goes with him. owner usually bikes and the dog runs along. when the owner goes into someone`s home, the dog sits and waits patiently. he gets along with everyone, is not overly friendly with strangers - rather takes his time to evaluate them from a far but once`s he knows you, he comes and greets you merrily. he gets along with every other dog in the village, even the mad, 24/7 on the chain ones. he is smart and i believe he`s like this because he has had to learn on his own.
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