|07-23-2014 02:13 PM|
Sadly only two pics that didnt turn out .
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|07-22-2014 04:40 AM|
Got back from camping today Gunther did great. We had to change the plans a bit and ended up going to Pomeroy, WA (nothing is there o.o I got a little bored sadly but when you have to change our reservation the day before to a completely different place you can't complain about your choices). Winthrop, WA was out of water, electricity and gasoline due to the huge wild fire out in Eastern Washington. The campsite was in between Pomeroy and Dayton so really in the middle of nowhere but farmland.
It was adorable watching Gunther try to figure out from a distance what deer, wild turkeys and quails were haha .
We only had one potty accident in the car because we couldn't find a safe place to pull over and pushed it because we were only thirty minutes away but it wasn't that big of a deal, easy clean up. He just is so easily distracted when in a new environment that he forgets to use the bathroom.
He's thoroughly exhausted from the 5 1/2 hour car ride home with three breaks and a zillion things to smell.
He was perfectly behaved though. No barking or anything, just the occasional whine when one of us left. We're all glad to be home and probably won't be hitting up that campsite again. I think three hours is our max travel time for camping.
I only had a few shots of Gunther on his tie out at the campsite (he slept in the tent with us) because I couldn't keep my phone charged.
He enjoyed the river at one of the state parks which was surprising because he hates water but walked in like it was nothing made my day and an excuse to get a kiddie pool.
I wanted to thank you all for all your advice! The glow stick worked perfectly and kept him from getting accidentally stepped on in the dark. I didn't have to worry about keeping him away from the fire due to a burn ban. I had a thirty foot heavy-duty tie out that I shortened by wrapping around trees and used a carabiner to attach it to his leash so he had a decent amount of range inside the campsite. I didn't have to worry about water, brought plenty and still have 2 gallons in the fridge left over.
I'll have pics up tomorrow...well since it's almost 1am, later today then!
|06-06-2014 07:25 AM|
I think exposure to nature and the various germs and bacteria they encounter out there from a young age as well as proper nutrition and base vaccinations builds a strong dog that can handle drinking out of a puddle or going for a wade in the swamp without dying.
There are always exceptions to every rule. There are always freak accidents, and genetic outliers. In the end you realize life is just to short, especially if your a dog. They live and thrive in terrible conditions here and around the world. Strong, intelligent, adaptable and resilient.
|06-06-2014 07:13 AM|
|ksotto333||I think we got ours at Bass Pro or Cabelas...or search amazon....I can't imagine keeping our dogs out of lakes or rivers...they love swimming....|
|06-06-2014 07:10 AM|
Lol I let my dogs be dogs. I dont fret because they have drunk out of a puddle or jumped in the lake..
The extent of my bubble wrap is not letting them run into the road. All of living is a risk. You can go insane trying to avert every possible instance of danger or risk. Or you can let the dogs enjoy life, be dogs, and still take reasonable precautions. (see not letting the dogs run onto the road)
I find dogs prefer and adjust to the latter. Makes life easier on them and us.
Generally people that are members of the former category seem to have a lot of other stuff going on that negatively impacts or impedes the effective training of said dogs.
|06-06-2014 04:55 AM|
|06-06-2014 04:47 AM|
Hi I go camping alot with my dogs kinda prefer to sleep outdoors When I first moved to vancouver Island I got a gsd to camp with thinking from a defensive view There are things in the wilderness that see humans as prey Companionship as well I go by myself Average trip 3 days out by foot 3days back
I would suggest bear bells for the dog's collar (play lots of hide and seek with him Helps the dog to keep me in sight Helps the dog to circle back and check on me Renforces natural unspoken communication so I belive)
We pack lite but the load is divided Tryed a pack did not think much either way Use a ,not sure of the name Two branches one on each side of the dog webbed together on a old modified pulling harness Make them as I need them can adjust the width Native American's used it behind their ponies The dog likes the work We take a break when I need one
Water is not a issue Dogs can drink water that a human could not As long as the water is clean and moving should have little issues Can always boil the water to remove all doubts Feed is 2cups more than normal rations Broken down to feeding each rest stop( I eat and have coffee aprox every 2 hours at the longest The rest for nite feeding)
At the camp when setting up I use a short cable run at first So I can not concern myself where and what the dog is doing and the dog gets the idea of sticking around the camp
(As with hide and seek to get the dog to check on me and sticking arround the camp I encourage the dog to make the connection on their own with little input comand on my behalf)
He may be nervous a bit with all the new stuff But that is good for you You can be come his protector so to speak by showing him all is well
Flea tick and heart worm may be something to look into As for the fire I see stuff like that as a learning curve thing
You should have a blast camping with your gsd
|06-06-2014 03:01 AM|
Dogs make great camping companions. Two of mine carried packs but only when backpacking or going on all-day hikes. I carry this water bottle for my dog: H2O4K9 | The Stainless Steel Water Bottle For Dogs I also carry an extra large bottle for myself and refill Rafi's bottle from mine (if necessary).
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