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Free roam vs lock-down

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Years ago I never had a problem with letting my dogs roam the neighborhood. My closest neighbor was half mile away and we might get 10 cars go down our road per day. Now times have changed. Neighborhoods have grown up all around me while my closest neighbor is still an 1/8 of a mile away tha number of cars ripping down the road infront of my house is probably closer to 10 every 5 minutes.

I'd love to let my Bassets run free. But I don't think they'd last a day here now. When we first got "Funk" I let him roam. The problem I found with that was he didn't come back. Caught him about four miles down the road the third or fourth day of his freedom. Since he's been confined to the side yard. I really hate this but otherwise he's gonna end up "road kill" and a "sail dog."

Question #1: Does anyone have a method of keeping a "roamer" home and not have to put them on a leash or behind a fence?

Question #2: How do you house your basset?
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I would feel very uncomfortable letting my dogs roam free even though we live on a dead end road with no traffic and neighbors are few and far between. Even if they would come back on their own there are just too many things that could harm them if they were roaming.

My houndies have a large yard and a room they can get into if I'm gone. On bad weather days I leave them in the house with the TV on. The Food Channel is a favorite!

For their safety and my peace of mind I want to know where they are at all times.
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