The Real Time Canine II

After spending 2 years writing the Real Time Canine, the adventure continues with The Real Time Canine II. Read along as I look for just the right puppy to continue the experience. After false starts with Tim and Jed, I am currently training young Tam, and Spot, which are both off to a strong start. Please visit the RTC II to read about training sessions as they occur.

Friday, February 13, 2009

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Simple Tips for Camping with Your Pooch Most camping tips are commonsense, such as bring adequate food/water, making sure that a first aid kit is handy, and ensuring that your pup has a proper dog bed to sleep on. However, we’ll take a look at some additional tips to consider that will make sure that your pooch is safe and comfortable.

Make Sure You Can Bring Them Along If you are planning on going to a campground it is important to make sure that they will let you bring your dog in first. For most areas this shouldn’t be the problem but we’ve seen more and more campgrounds become restricted over the past few years, mostly thanks to the actions of a few irresponsible pet owners. All National Parks are still pet-friendly, so long as they are kept to a leash, but some state and private campgrounds take a stricter approach toward dogs so it is important to check before you leave. Also note that some campgrounds allow dogs but might require proof of rabies vaccination.

Keeping Them Warm It goes without saying that camping weather can be very unpredictable in a number of regions, especially during the spring. And even in more arid areas, you have to deal with a huge temperature differential between daytime highs and nighttime lows this time of year. It’s most important to make sure your pup is warm sleeping at night, since that is when temperatures are going to be at their coldest. The best way to ensure their comfort is to have them sleep in the same tent as you, since that is where heat is going to be most concentrated. But some dogs are too rowdy or large for this to work effectively, so if they have to sleep outside consider purchasing a dog crate.

Be Prepared When you’re on a camping trip, one of the last things you want to do is spend a good chunk of time searching for a lost pooch, so make sure to always keep an eye out and tether your dog as much as possible if they are a “flight risk”. However, you want to be prepared in case your dog is missing in action. The cheapest and easiest way of doing so is making sure your dog is wearing an identification tag at all times so that it can be safely returned if discovered by a stranger. Another inexpensive option would be purchasing a reflective harness and/or collar, which would help you out immensely if you are searching at night and should cost you less than $15. And if you’re willing pay close to $100, consider buying a GPS Collar. While it may seem like a prohibitively expensive investment to some, and would require the use of a computer, a collar with GPS tracking ability is the most surefire way of tracking down a lost dog. Have you micro-chipped your dog?

Familiarity Matters Some dogs love the opportunity to romp around in new surroundings but others can become nervous and skittish if they find themselves in an unfamiliar environment, making them more more likely to run away. Vigilance and reinforcing commands are always the best way to keep your dog under control, but you should also bring along some familiar items from home, such as a chew toy or bed.

Leave No Trace! Lastly, make sure to pick up after yourself. It might be more convenient to leave dog poop where it is, but it is a real nuisance to other campers. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone left the campground in better shape than they found it? These tips are only a few ways you can ensure a happy and safe camping experience. While it may require a bit more attention and work, camping with your dog, if done properly, can be a rewarding experience for both you and your pet!

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