So I drove up there to apologize and opened the car door to a less-than-enthusiastic mutt. They said it wasn’t a problem and that the younger daughter was enjoying the visits, but I still feel badly about it. I’m one of those anal people who think that their animals should stay on their own property. Although I will admit that our next door neighbor’s dogs visit our place and I really don’t mind. But generally speaking, I think your animals belong on your property, not wandering around.
Then on the drive back, I saw Harley by the other neighbor’s driveway (they weren’t home). Harley has been following the car when we leave. At first, he would stop at our next door neighbor’s house and visit with their dogs. Now he’s wandering a bit farther to the second and third homes and I’m afraid that his travels will continue until he eventually follows us all the way up to the mule barn. Which wouldn’t be too bad except the mule barn is awfully close to a busy road. Not interstate kind’a busy, but still busy enough that I’d be worried.
Harley will follow us back when he sees the car go back towards the house, which is good, but I’m not sure how we’re going to get him to “Go Home” when we tell him to instead of following the car.
No, we don’t have our place fenced in except for the goats (and don’t plan on it in the near future). No, we can’t keep Harley chained up. I suppose I’m now just one of those kind of dog owners. Guess I’ll be checking out some dog training books from the library. Any ideas?