As luck would have it, we had a perfect weekend, in the high 50's, sunshine, and most of the snow had melted. We decided to find a trail that not many (especially this time of year) tourists find to hike, and found a great path through the woods that led to a stream and a cool old foundation of a house (probably mid 1800's). Halfway down the trail, away from the parking area and the road, we let Wyot off his leash for the first time...I had the puppy-mom-hold your breath hope he listens syndrome!!! I needn't have worried-he was actually REALLY good.! :)Wyot was looking out for US, and waiting if we didn't catch up to him right away. It was wonderful to watch him run and explore without having the end of the leash keep him back. He figured out he could jump accross the little stream (he hasn't really warmed up to the idea of water yet, and walks around big puddles, lol! ) One crossing was a bit more than he could jump, but we went across, and sure enough, he didn't want to be left behind.
The next day, we drove up to our friends', and sat on their deck, which offers a beautiful view of the mountains. They have a 4 year old lab-pit (mostly lab) mix, and we let Wyot loose for the second time...I was a bit worried with the playing and all, that he would run out of the yard..but he rough and tumbled with Cooper, who was very patient with him, and let him pretty much do whatever, though there were a couple of times he let Wyot know it was HIS territory....he wouldn't slow down to drink water, because of course, he might miss something.!He and Cooper rested and sat in the sunshine for a bit, each with their own stick. Wyot watched and seemed to want to emulate Cooper (good thing Cooper has good manners, lol!). After another off leash walk in the park in the afternoon(Catskill park, where we have many beautiful trails in the woods) for about an hour, he was pooped!!!
Now, we'll see as time goes on how that works at home...we have a pretty busy road in front of the house, but since we got him, have only walked out back of the house, and above it, to where a big two acre field is. Hopefully he learns his boundaries that way.