Revised Gate-Keeping Protocol:
1. We never open the gate if the dogs are outside.
2. We always close it as soon as we've exited or entered.
3. We now tape a sign over the doorknob on the back door when we're doing work in the front yard. This is supposed to ensure that anybody seeing the sign will check to see that the gate is closed and locked before letting the dogs out.
I have tried to train them to come to me when called. If we're in the house or the yard, Truly will come right away. Maggie may or may not. When we're in an open space like a dog park or a ball field, Truly loses his ability to hear. Maggie will come right to me.
Houndstooth of Tales and Tails is going to be reviewing the Tagg Pet Tracking system system soon. We're very interested to see what she finds. It's kind of expensive BUT I would have paid it in a second the day I realized my dogs were running through the streets. If it works, we're on it. Gyeong of Genji's Corner suggested a double gate system. I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen so we can keep Truly and Maggie at home and safe.