Neo is in charge
When his primary owner wasn’t home, the family would take Neo into the backyard. He had escaped from that yard so many times that the owners no longer knew how to stop him. It seemed that if he wanted to get out, he just did and they couldn’t do anything about it.
Domestication has its limits
There were some days when he enjoyed being in the backyard and taking care of the house. However, other days it was like he needed to be free. Dogs approached humans to let themselves be domesticated about 130,000 years ago, but it was clear that Neo never got the memo. He was a lawless animal, he did what he wanted.