I will definitely have to go slow! I suppose with a leash on, especially if I hold it shorter, he really couldn't hurt them. Though he could try to play and accidentally do it. For the patrol thing, thanks for the help.
I'll try all those tips! I worry though that he will bust through if he sees something. That's how he ran away before, he would be really good 99% of the time and then he would see or hear something and run off. Always came back but he's a big dog. I guess i will just have to pay attention though and go slow. Also, do you think I should just teach him to stay in the yard? I worry that the woods I won't be able to see and know where he is and plus since we don't own all the woods and have close neighbors on the back that the boundary line could be muddled, I mean dogs don't exactly necessarily know the difference between one tree from the tree next to it or understand that the tree next to it isn't ours. I guess it can be taught, like you said, but I don't know, I just worry it's not a clear enough line and not sure I want him going there anyway whereas grass into woods is a very clear and distinct line. I don't know. Anyway, thank you very much. I'll definitely work on that.
and yes, auto correct is very very annoying and, imo, basically useless. Gets it wrong most times.