gypsylady wrote:I have made a personal list which is currently about 6 pages in total and I carry copies of this with me and hand them out when someone expresses an interest in pet friendly camp grounds.
Troyk wrote:Scotty, We prefer to leave them at home and get a friend/neighbour to come and feed them each day, as opposed to the pet motel. They don't get stressed as much in familiar territory. Plus it means someone is keeping an eye on your house.
ScottyB wrote:gypsylady wrote:I have made a personal list which is currently about 6 pages in total and I carry copies of this with me and hand them out when someone expresses an interest in pet friendly camp grounds.
Now that is exactly why I was drawn to this forum and a return to camping - you get to meet some really genuine people that are actually looking out for other people. Good on you.
I spend a fair bit of time working on our western highways and am constantly amazed at how many people drive past stranded motorists with young families etc and nobody checks to see if they are okay. If only there were more considerate people like yourself around.....
ScottyB wrote:Troyk wrote:Scotty, We prefer to leave them at home and get a friend/neighbour to come and feed them each day, as opposed to the pet motel. They don't get stressed as much in familiar territory. Plus it means someone is keeping an eye on your house.
Yes we have done that before too. Our little fella seems to really like the Pet Motel though, he gets the royal treatment there I think. I would prefer to take him along whenever I can, problem is being a Jack Russell he likes to run away on you a bit when he sees an opening....
gypsylady wrote:How does he take to a lead Scott, a long lead and how old is he??
ScottyB wrote:gypsylady wrote:How does he take to a lead Scott, a long lead and how old is he??
Jack is 2 years old. Santa delivered him to us at Xmas 2005. Santa went to an extraordinary amount of trouble to do this, hence the reason Jack is so well appreciated by the family. He has literally grown up with our youngest daughter and they are inseperable.
He is no problems on the lead, although I suspect most smaller breeds generally are, unless there is something around at night that he perceives as a threat to the family then he gets barky. He is not a biter like some smaller breeds can be when threatened, but instinctively he tries to follow a trail hence his propensity to take off.
On our few camping trips so far I have run a long line of rope up high, and then attached a light chain off that rope to give him a fair run and minimise him getting tangled. I truly believe he is happy on that run so long as he isnt missing out on being close to us, although ideally if I would prefer he would not do a runner off the lead. I think the breed is known for being more "smartass" than "smart" and try to get one up on you to take off. With the bigger tent now we will bring him in at night with his bed in the corner, he always stops the barking when he knows we are okay.
I guess with the variety of nocturnal wildlife most dogs in a pet friendly campground will make their presence known. Whilst I dont mind him having a bit of a bark, I try to minimise his barking for the sake of the neighbours / fellow campers out of consideration for them.
Poodle Jewel wrote:Fergie hasn`t been camping before,at home she tends to yap at any noise outside day or night so i am looking at bark collars,the last thing i want to do is P... off the other campers.
ScottyB wrote:Poodle Jewel wrote:Fergie hasn`t been camping before,at home she tends to yap at any noise outside day or night so i am looking at bark collars,the last thing i want to do is P... off the other campers.
We looked at various expensive bark collars whilst trying to settle our boy down. We raised it with a vet for advice on which were good and which to avoid. To say the vet was against it was is an understatement. They have seen some horrific injuries to dogs from them, which put us off the idea altogether.
Their best advice was to simply get our lazy butts out of bed and calm our dog down and reassure him all was okay. Being a father of young girls, and a shift worker, getting up through the night to reassure the boy wasnt such an imposition on me. It has not solved the problem, but that small inconvenience certainly improved it considerably.
I am with you, I dont want to ruin the experience of other campers, but after the stories of the vets we have binned the collar idea.
You are right Gypsylady, dogs treated as members of the family are well behaved. Unfortunately my household is all girls, who love to have the final say in everything. I think the dog has inherited this from them.......
gypsylady wrote:Re the collars and not knowing which one/s your vet commented on I can't say but I do wonder how appropriately they might have been used. They should only be used in the short term and I do mean the really short term so as not to do any damage.
I think the problem is that people go for the dog collars as the last resort, especially given the ones we looked at were $400 plus and "won't hurt the dog". I guess when you are outlaying that sort of coin for a collar you are getting desperate and want it to work however long it takes.
The vet was against all of them, although I dont doubt that there will be brands out there that have the vet "tick of approval" on the label. We only went to the one vet, but the resistance of that vet was staunch so I would assume most vets are "cautious" of them. Our vet has treated dogs where some collars have literally burned a hole through the dogs neck almost overnight.
There may well be much safer products on the market, but considering we were prepared to buy the best one available, I would have thought it was 100% safe for the dog and the vet could recommened just one. It reminded me of a Rottweiler we had years ago, she was an abused dog we got from the RSPCA, and every time we walked her she would pull really hard on the lead to the point I bought a choker collar to try and pull her up. It only seemed to make her pull harder to the point of gagging so I threw it away. I suspect bark collars might work the same way on some dogs in that they see it as some sort of challenge or game.
gypsylady wrote:It is not the collar that is the issue Scott, it is the user just the same as it is not the gun that is the problem it is the person at the end of it.
Choker chains are brilliant but you MUST know how to use them appropriately. They work on a reprimand/praise principal and this is very effective with strong larger type dogs but again they are either useless or dangerous if not used correctly.
I know what you mean about the "nose down" run-away style of the Russells. They are hard to catch-up with when they're on the scent.
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