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  1. We adopted Lucky, our BC/Lab mix last June, almost a year ago. He's a lovely dog, loves ball, frisbee, any kind of petting attention, treats, food, and running along the road. We live in an older farmhouse in the Catskills of NY. The house is half-way down an 8 mile dead-end road, and is fairly close to the road. Our house is on 2 acres of land that is not fenced. It's sort of pie shaped with one slice of the pie is a creek with state forest on the other side, the crust is woods behind the barn and the other slice is the road. When we first got him, he wouldn't cross the road. He was sort of interested in cars that went by, but not really. We were so happy that he would stick around us in the yard and not run off. I started taking him across the road to the open meadow there to play fetch, and after that it sort of became 'his' and now he has no issue crossing the road to go over and explore. He's also become more interested in cars on the road. They aren't frequent but he is especially interested in the snowplow and any cars of friend's that he recognizes (he totally recognizes cars!) I ALWAYS make him sit when we get to the side of the road - treating it the same way we do with thresholds (doors) in our house - he has to sit and give us eye contact before he gets permission to go. Our issue now is that he's figured out how fantastic it is to run up or down the road. He LOVES running on the road. He always comes back so it's not like he's running off, but it's really bad for him to be running even on a low traveled road. We try to give him as much running/playing exercise each day as we can, so it's not like he's cooped up inside all day. We recently started using an e-collar for recalls, along with a Fenzi course I've been taking to try to get him to come back when he starts to take off. But when he realizes that the controls we have over him (leash, collar, ball, treat) are gone, he takes off running on the road. We don't mind him running in the woods, but the road is a bad idea. We don't know if an electric fence is the right idea since we don't want to just let him out into the yard and as of now, it's impossible to install until everything thaws. Does anyone have any advice for training to respect a specific area? A don't go there unless I let you? Now that he knows what pleasure it is to go there, and because we do want to walk him on the actual road, how do we train him to only go there with us?
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