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Old 05-31-2011, 06:07 PM   #29
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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.
I have a very trainable cat (F1 chausie) whom I've taught: up, sit, gimme five, spin (turn around in a circle) and back up, either with a hand signal or a voice command. He also jumps through a hula hoop up to 3 1/2 feet off the ground, and when I arrange the dining room chairs into a circle sans table he'll jump on the one I point to, and even jump through the hula hoop from one chair to another, circus-lion style.

I have been working on training him to run down to the gas station with $5 to pick me up a pint of Haagen-Dasz, CHOCOLATE PLEASE, but no dice so far.
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I carry Saidie's latest vet report of her vaccines as required by the campgrounds we lived in in Wisconsin. She's done gone past the aggresive stage if she ever had it in her. Hates the leash and teather as she thinks she is being punished for bad behavior and her pooh being picked up behind her. She can't imagine why anyone would want to pick it up and keep it.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:24 PM   #31
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Does anyone have any suggestions for other good commands to teach a dog?
I sure hope not! Unless it's "Go for Help, Lassie!"
I'm hoping for more suggestions on the topic of the thread...

What other Pet Travelers' safety/comfort tips can folks suggest for less experienced owners like me?

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Old 05-31-2011, 11:05 PM   #32
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"Pets should be on leash at all times" yada, yada yada. Yes this is correct in most established parks. But sometimes, you may be boondocking in the wilderness with your well behaved furkid and "STUFF" happens . . . my furkid, Oscar, was off leash, chasing chipmunks under my watchful eye within 50 ft of the campfire in the mountains when a thunderclap from a storm on a nearby ridge resulted in him running for cover just when I wasn't looking.

Oscar does not bark and due to my failings does not always come on command. (He'll stop and sit on command from a distance, but that doesn't help if I can't see him) It was bear and coyote country and darkness was falling. The temp was dropping into the 40s and a light rain began to fall . . . no Oscar. My friends and I searched and called, I sat on a stump and played the Irish Whistle for hours to give him a sense of bearing to us. No luck!

We kept the fire burning and about 6 hours after his disappearance, Oscar slowly walked up to the fire. Needless to say, my terror turned to joy!

Now, anytime Oscar the Smiley Dog is out after dark, whether or not he's on leash, he wears a small, brightly flashing LED light on his collar so he can easily be spotted from a distance. His collar also has my home AND cell phone number for contact information. (I also put him IN the trailer whenever there is a chance of a thunderstorm)
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Now, anytime Oscar the Smiley Dog is out after dark, whether or not he's on leash, he wears a small, brightly flashing LED light on his collar so he can easily be spotted from a distance.
I'm getting some of those!
I'm going to order some extras- my son has an all-black dog that's practically invisible after dark, and more than once, somebody's tripped over him in our campsite. A light on his collar will really help.
I think I mentioned that I put bells on Millie for "snake/wildlife warning"- I also recommend it for "dog location"- it's surprising how far the sound carries out in the wilds. When we're out (in a legal off-leash area ) I'm always listening for her bells and call her back to check in when the sound reaches a certain level. Since she's so short, it's hard to keep track of her visually in brushy/wooded terrain.

The bells do come off at bedtime, though- otherwise it's like trying to sleep in Santa's sleigh

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Old 06-01-2011, 12:10 AM   #34
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"Pets should be on leash at all times" yada, yada yada. Yes this is correct in most established parks. But sometimes, you may be boondocking in the wilderness with your well behaved furkid and "STUFF" happens . . . my furkid, Oscar, was off leash, chasing chipmunks under my watchful eye within 50 ft of the campfire in the mountains when a thunderclap from a storm on a nearby ridge resulted in him running for cover just when I wasn't looking.

Oscar does not bark and due to my failings does not always come on command. (He'll stop and sit on command from a distance, but that doesn't help if I can't see him) It was bear and coyote country and darkness was falling. The temp was dropping into the 40s and a light rain began to fall . . . no Oscar. My friends and I searched and called, I sat on a stump and played the Irish Whistle for hours to give him a sense of bearing to us. No luck!

We kept the fire burning and about 6 hours after his disappearance, Oscar slowly walked up to the fire. Needless to say, my terror turned to joy!

Now, anytime Oscar the Smiley Dog is out after dark, whether or not he's on leash, he wears a small, brightly flashing LED light on his collar so he can easily be spotted from a distance. His collar also has my home AND cell phone number for contact information. (I also put him IN the trailer whenever there is a chance of a thunderstorm)
Sorry Pete, but pets should be on leash at all time except in a designated off leash area. PERIOD>
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But Byron, That's what Pete said!

Just look at us !
We're all on the same page if we read it right

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Sorry Pete, but pets should be on leash at all time except in a designated off leash area. PERIOD>
Byron,

When you are Boondocking where there are NO pet leash rules, or if you are in a designated no leash area and your furkid bolts, the blinking lights may make all the difference. I was not saying to let your friend off leash when the rules state he should be on leash. Keeping the blinking light on at all times after dark gets him accustomed to living with the flashing light at any time the sun is down. It's a conditioning thing.
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Large eyebolt and washers
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Lead length of choice

We've carried this simple little home-made device for many years and have used it with several different small dogs and cats up to about twenty pounds. It can be put out directly on the ground or draped over a picnic table seat etc. for additional support.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:22 AM   #38
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Large eyebolt and washers
Juice can full of cement
Lead length of choice

We've carried this simple little home-made device for many years and have used it with several different small dogs and cats up to about twenty pounds. It can be put out directly on the ground or draped over a picnic table seat etc. for additional support.
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Great idea!
I also like the one with the blinking light. I can probably use one off of my road bicycle.

I will say this......I use to hunt grouse and ringnecks when I was younger....IF we ever lost a dog and after hours of searching we would leave a coat with our scent on it at the last place we saw the dog. Chances are your dog will come back to that spot and lay down on the coat and be waiting for you that evening or the next morning.
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One more to your list, I have this and the leads mentioned, works great and no more tripping over the chains-http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/62063?feat=2-SR0- now why didn't that work?
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/62063?feat=2-SR0
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Does anyone have any suggestions for other good commands to teach a dog?
Leave it and Take it. Leave it comes in very handy most days. You can use it to stop them from eating or touching pretty well anything in the house or approaching people you dont want them to approach. Its really good for stopping them from taking a cookie or ice cream cone out a small childs hand dangling out of a stroller at the park. :-) or stop them from eating something it finds very dead in the woods that it thinks might be tasty. Ugh Easy to teach as you can start teaching it by using their own food bowl or a handfull of treats or a fav toy a few feet away from them on the floor. Take it is used when they can go ahead and eat or take what ever it is you told them to Leave in the first place.

I have found that one of the big keys to teaching a dog any new trick is to never repeat a command. If the dog ignores you just go just go over to it and put it back into what ever position you originally ask it to be in without saying a word. If it gets it right - reward reward reward. The best way to teach a dog not to come when called is to stand there and keep giving the hand signal and calling its name and come over and over :-) or worse still use harsh words with it when it does eventially come or you go over to get it. If the dog has learned it can ignore being called you may want to come up with a new recall word/command other than come and start teaching it over with the new word and lots of treats. Keeping it on a long line when first teaching it to come always helps - then you dont need to go to it - just reel it in. :-)
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When you are Boondocking where there are NO pet leash rules, or if you are in a designated no leash area and your furkid bolts, the blinking lights may make all the difference. I was not saying to let your friend off leash when the rules state he should be on leash. Keeping the blinking light on at all times after dark gets him accustomed to living with the flashing light at any time the sun is down. It's a conditioning thing.
Check your laws. Most counties have leash laws, boondocking areas are in counties. Leash laws apply. Besides, dogs disturb wildlife even more when off leash. Disturbing wildlife is also not legal, but is ignored when the dog is on leash. Think about why dog are banned from trails in National Parks.

Also no matter where you go there's a possibility of running into other people. You never know when you'll run into somebody that's been bit a few times that will protect himself even if there's no real threat.
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[QUOTE=Pete;I also put him IN the trailer whenever there is a chance of a thunderstorm)[/QUOTE]

Something that is worth having in your trailers first aid kit is called Bach Rescue Remedy. It works like a charm at calming down both dogs and people in stressful situations or in an emergency situation and people are getting a little too stressed out while you wait for help. A couple of drops and it claims people and dogs right down. Its carried by a lot of search and Rescue and ski patrol folks here.

I had a dog that during a thunder storm or fireworks would go into a closet and try and dig its way out through the floor. Two drops on its tongue and you would think there was no thunder or fireworks.

Original Bach Rescue Remedy: Rescue Sleep, Rescue Cream, Rescue Pastilles
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