Ahhhhh.... here they are... the people who have seen the poorly trained dogs. With 6 decades of experience working with great dogs, I think I know well enough through experience how to give my animals a great life, but I don't recommend this for everyone. Matter of fact, I don't recommend it for anyone who makes broad assumptions about sight and scent hounds. Incidentally, I also train horses, Farmgirl!
But again, my greyhound, my other afghan, my two irish wolfhounds, my bluetick beagle cross all have long free daily walks, so freedom is not a novelty. All see rabbits, the barn cat, deer, etc regularly, and although they will all give a quick jump through instinct, they all come when called. It is a matter of bonding, training, vigorous daily exercise, and conditioning. I realize this isn't for everyone, and not everyone is capable or has the area to do this (we have a 72 acre farm with 6 km of private trails), but as I said earlier, the 2 wolfies and other afghan were run with me in a forest park in Colorado without any problems at all. My concern is that too many blanket statements float about, and if I had taken the "advice" of those that "know better", the quality of all my dogs lives would have been sadly poorer. If you want to learn a bit more, you can check out my YouTube videos which show my previous afghan lure coursing, that afghan and one of the wolfies rolling in the snow after a vigorous romp, etc. You can also see Max, our current afghan, in the fenced area (where he is not left unsupervised as he is not fully trained yet). Search skisandhorses to find the videos. There is also a clinic on camping with horses in case you'd like to see that, Farmgirl. There are also photos on Daily Puppy of Ivy and Willow on their free walks.