I've been letting Flash have more offleash/on trail opportunities lately. Recall was one of the easiest things I've ever taught him (there are very few things that have higher value to Flash than me calling him to be by my side) and so my main concern has been routed in the annoyance and dangers of uncontrolled offleash dogs that I don't want to contribute to. I've also been under the impression that the best thing for a dog like Flash is to be in "work mode" A LOT. Adding structure, walking in a heel, and giving him positive direction was the best way to fulfill his needs as an Australian Shepherd and tire him out in my mind. Lately I've realized that as much as I need a work/fun balance in my life, so does my dog. So I let Flash be a dog today. I let him sniff to his heart's content when I'd normally have called him away, wander far ahead of me, run zoomies in safe settings, play with another polite offleash pup without getting frustrated at his sudden lack of response to my cues, and make decisions that he wanted to make instead of telling him what I expected. I watched Flash's confidence immediately grow from being given the choice to explore on his own. He's currently napping on the couch after a measly 3 mile walk and I'm 110% convinced that we'll be doing this more often.