To answer some questions. My dog responds very well to voice command and won't wander far away from us, I don't even think he'd go off the trail, in fact, he will even stop chasing animals when told not too (deer, etc.). His pads are not rugged but not soft, so since I do not plan on taking him until the summer, I will take him for long walks on roads and in my woods where there is alot of rocks. It should toughen his pads and I think he'll enjoy the extra attention haha.