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Old 05-31-2011, 10:37 AM   #15
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I used for a short time tags I would change out to show the site number I was staying at but found that as I had a labby that liked to swim they were usually washed out the first day :-)

Found that keeping a metal tag on him with my mobile number on it worked the best - it actually got put to the test one day locally when I got a call at work from a fellow who had found him sitting on our local mountian. I had someone take him for hikes when I was at work and they had been hiking with someone else and the two parties went seperate ways while still on the mountain - the dog was trained at tracking and seach and had been taught that when people went in different directions to sit and mark the spot unless told otherwise. LOL When I called the party who was walking him to tell her where he was she was only a little ways from him and already hiking back up the trail to try and find him. She had a couple of other dogs with her and did not realize right away that he had stopped following her. Total time he was on his own was no more than about 5 min. Had I put my home phone number on the tag I would not have gotten the message he had been found until I got home from work several hours later. Not a good thing as it is a rugged area and another local dog recently was lost up there for over 2 weeks - an amazing story! Great photos of him being air lifted out by our local search and rescue crew who did a great job of hauling him out of a very difficult area - local rescue crew donated their time and the dogs owners paid for the chopper use: CTV British Columbia - Family 'whole again' after reunion with lost dog - CTV News

Another good idea is to keep a copy of a sheet of paper with a photo of the dog and his basic info in the glove box of your car in the event you loose the dog while away from home you can have it copied locally to put up.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:20 AM   #16
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I used for a short time tags I would change out to show the site number I was staying at but found that as I had a labby that liked to swim they were usually washed out the first day :-)

Found that keeping a metal tag on him with my mobile number on it worked the best - it actually got put to the test one day locally when I got a call at work from a fellow who had found him sitting on our local mountian. I had someone take him for hikes when I was at work and they had been hiking with someone else and the two parties went seperate ways while still on the mountain - the dog was trained at tracking and seach and had been taught that when people went in different directions to sit and mark the spot unless told otherwise. LOL When I called the party who was walking him to tell her where he was she was only a little ways from him and already hiking back up the trail to try and find him. She had a couple of other dogs with her and did not realize right away that he had stopped following her. Total time he was on his own was no more than about 5 min. Had I put my home phone number on the tag I would not have gotten the message he had been found until I got home from work several hours later. Not a good thing as it is a rugged area and another local dog recently was lost up there for over 2 weeks - an amazing story! Great photos of him being air lifted out by our local search and rescue crew who did a great job of hauling him out of a very difficult area - local rescue crew donated their time and the dogs owners paid for the chopper use: CTV British Columbia - Family 'whole again' after reunion with lost dog - CTV News

Another good idea is to keep a copy of a sheet of paper with a photo of the dog and his basic info in the glove box of your car in the event you loose the dog while away from home you can have it copied locally to put up.

I don't know about BC but in the US dogs are supposed to be on leash even on trails.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #17
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Actually where I live its a very dog friendly community and we have many large parks and mountain trails that are legally designated as "off leash". We even have a few designated off leash dog beach. The Provincial Parks are on leash only but we have many Regional Parks that are much larger than the Provincial Parks and many are "off leash" designated. Off leash is only allowed if the dog is well trained and friendly! The dog must stay within your sight - stay on the path - no barking and no chasing wild life (which we have lots of) no jumping up on people you meet and must come when called no matter what it finds more intreasting. If the dog cant do all that then there are plenty of people on the trail who have dogs with them who will be more than happy to tell you to put it on a leash. :-)

In fact there are only three things that will get a big public turn out if our local government threatens to change the rules on and they are in this order : reducing areas dogs can be walked off leash, reducing areas that people can Mountain bike and tree cutting. :-)
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:40 AM   #18
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Sounds like another "depends on where you are" rule...

Another question about pet safety:
Has anyone ever had a pet get bitten by a rattlesnake?
Is there an "emergency kit" one should have?
Millie's the smallest dog I've owned and a terrier that adores poking her face into crevices.
Not a good idea in the rattler country of Eastern Washington!
We're often far from a town, let alone a vet- I fear her small size could reduce the window-of-time to get her to treatment...
Any advice?

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:01 PM   #19
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I understand and support the leash laws. However, my dog is special, so I claim an electronic training collar as a leash. I also carry a conventional leash and attach it when I see a possible problematic situation developing.

I wish there were more off-leash areas. The problem would be that there are several dog owners locally that can not control their dog on a leash, but they insist on trying to walk the dog anyway. The owners literally get pulled anywhere the dog wants to go.

I think I will take the advice to get a metal tag with my mobile number on it. He is chipped but that takes awhile to happen.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:10 PM   #20
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yes the chip is a real good thing to have planted in the dog as a back up plan. I know it has reunited more than one owner with their dog but basically the dog needs to be taken to shelter or rescue or vet to be scanned. A lot of people dont know about the chips so they dont take the dog in to be scanned right away if they find one. Only when they turn it into a local rescue or shelter does it get scanned for info stored on the chip. Could be days.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:24 PM   #21
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Sounds like another "depends on where you are" rule...

Another question about pet safety:
Has anyone ever had a pet get bitten by a rattlesnake?
Is there an "emergency kit" one should have?
Millie's the smallest dog I've owned and a terrier that adores poking her face into crevices.
Not a good idea in the rattler country of Eastern Washington!
We're often far from a town, let alone a vet- I fear her small size could reduce the window-of-time to get her to treatment...
Any advice?

Thanks!

Francesca
Check with your vet about vaccination. I know people here who have their dogs vaccinated for rattlesnake bites (before the fact, of course!)--I don't know if it's expensive, if it needs to be done annually, etc.
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Francesca, there is a vaccination and I believe it comes in stages,I have three wieners living in the desert but we always go outside with them and watch for Rattlesnakes. Big dogs can survive a strike if not struck in the head but little dogs have a tough time. I know someone that lost a small dog almost instantly after being bitten by a Mojave Rattlesnake down here.
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Check with your vet about vaccination. I know people here who have their dogs vaccinated for rattlesnake bites (before the fact, of course!)--I don't know if it's expensive, if it needs to be done annually, etc.
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Francesca, there is a vaccination and I believe it comes in stages,I have three wieners living in the desert but we always go outside with them and watch for Rattlesnakes. Big dogs can survive a strike if not struck in the head but little dogs have a tough time. I know someone that lost a small dog almost instantly after being bitten by a Mojave Rattlesnake down here.
Thankyou both so-o-o-o much for this info- I put a call in to my vet as soon as I saw your posts.
The receptionist was totally flummoxed- we're on the Olympic Peninsula and don't have poisonous spiders, let alone poisonous snakes!
She'd never heard of a "snakebite vaccine", so is checking with the vet about availability here.
This is a real load off my mind. Since snakes don't have ears but are very sensitive to vibrations, I do hang bells on the dog (and myself/grandkids!) when in rattler country in hopes of alerting them to our approach, plus we never stick our hands in crevices. But with Millie's speed and inquisitive nature, I've worried that it's only a matter of time before she gets bitten.

Now I only have to worry about catching her if she does!

One for each of you!

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We have 3 leash trained cats ..and one that you cant. what id worry about is a dog (leashed or not) attacking them when they're confined to the leash so we dont bring em. Off the leash we wouldn't worry, they're quite capable when free.Some dogs ive seen are usually dragging their owners along and couldnt really be considered leashed.
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Why is it that when the law states you are to have your pet on a leash, it's only ok for the other guy?
I've been in parks walking our dogs and had other dogs race up as we are trying to get our dogs up and out of the way of their nashing teeth.
OF course it's ok for the other guy to adhere to the law.....
Next time.............it's pepper spray!
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ok....I feel better since I got my rant out of the way! lol
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I leash my dog when a new dog is or one of the many out of control dogs are approaching. In an unfamiliar or new location, I will start with my dog on leash.

When I take him for his almost daily mile or two walk/run around the local neighborhood, I start without him on leash.

He does at all times, when in public places, have the electronic training collar on. I even keep the training collar on when we go to the dog park.

I've taught him the following commands in the ten months I have had him: no, stop, halt, sit, shake (limp paw), lay down, heel (on leash good, off leash not so good), release, stay (on leash good, off leash not so good), and come.

Working on: drop it, roll over, and fetch.

He will chase and retrieve, but not on command only when he wants to.

Does anyone have any suggestions for other good commands to teach a dog?
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This is a GREAT thread! Am getting wonderful tips. BTW, last year when we went to Four Paws Kingdom (a camping spot dedicated to adult owners and their pets---WONDERFUL PLACE AAA--in NW North Carolina)---I asked the vet about any health concerns in that area. They were able to investigate the region, and suggest any vaccines, special hints, etc. for us before we set out on a once in a lifetime puggie vacation!
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