Originally Posted by Bryan
Personally, My dog would much rather go with the family and wait in the car while we ski than stay home by herself. I usually check on her every few hours and let her out to run a bit.
There are so many different dog personalities out there that you can't generalize what's best for all of them.
I always find it interesting that people with ill behaved dogs usually keep them on a leash and get irritated at others for letting their dogs run around free.
I agree about leaving a dog in the car. Sometimes I will take mine to the hill and come out every couple of hours and walk them and play with them...I'm pretty sure they are happier this way then sitting at home waiting.
However, on your other statement I must say something. I have always been a person who buys puppies, trains them well and allows them off leash 99% of the time. 1.5 years ago I got a male Golden Retriever from a Denver rescue, he had been through 4 owners and was only 2 years old...he has issues, lots of them, but I try hard to work with him to get better. I have to leash him because he can be unpredictable, sometimes a little aggresive. I like to try and socialize him with other dogs, but when a stranger runs up out of nowhere when I'm not looking it makes it tough to maintain the discipline I have worked so hard on....so all I ask is if your dog is under verbal command, try to keep them in view, that way you can give commands if a situation happens.