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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-08-2012, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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We are having a husky camp!

So we are having a husky camp in May of 2013 (far away I know). I'm so excited already! I get to meet a bunch of forum members from close to the midwest. It's only about an hour drive from me and I absolutely CANNOT wait to socialize my two.

I understand that for many this is a weird concept but on my husky forum they regularly do camps and play dates with people nearby that meet through the forum. IMO/observation since this breed is more sociable (correct term?) the owners are more likely to come together. Or is it really that weird maybe even a little unhealthy that strange people and strange dogs meet? What do you think?

Anyway, my second question is this. I will be taking both my dogs and both are a bit DA or reactive (I'm not sure which one). Should I think about skipping it altogether because of this? I don't want to make other people/dogs nervous. But I'm also thinking that because it is far away still, I can train and ready my dogs for the camp.

But how? I have zero big dog owning friends. And I'm not privy to dog parks as we've gotten a bad rap there since Smokey pees on people (not any more!) and has his issues with random dogs.

They designate caution with dogs like mine at the camp by using a yellow or red bandanna on the leash or around the neck but sometimes everyone starts off with a bandanna so I don't really get it. I also like the idea of a muzzle. What do you think?

Also, do you think it will be overwhelming for my dogs?

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They designate caution with dogs like mine at the camp by using a yellow or red bandanna on the leash or around the neck but sometimes everyone starts off with a bandanna so I don't really get it. I also like the idea of a muzzle. What do you think?

Also, do you think it will be overwhelming for my dogs?
This is a really good idea. I've heard of people putting yellow ribbon around the leash...this lets everyone know that their dog is not approachable. I would guess this only works as long as everyone knows what the yellow ribbon means. They give everyone the yellow bandanna because for example in this situation a dog might be doing well and then it might have an incident, so the yellow bandanna will go on so the dog has time to calm down without a million people/dogs approaching them. If I were you I would be hesitant about bringing the dogs into this situation. You are going to have to have a lot of control. I am also thinking if you are determined to do this only bring the one dog(the husky)...but these are just my thoughts

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You have 8 months ,set some goals see how it goes. Can you work with atrainer or have someone evaluate him now to get a baseline and then after some training reevaluate. camp sounds fun. Lucky took his first ever vacation w/ us .We had increased his social outing prior to going. But on leash lucky is pretty neutral. That and I set limits on people about approach. Daisy was our most reactive and i found that she set him off. Llombardo's suggestion of 1 dog would work as it gives you more time and doesnt scatter your attention b/c things always happen in twos. one of the last times we took our two fishing Daisy saw ATVs or something went nuts .We were secluded cause thats how we handled her on trips and as I worked her down Luck slipped his collar walked about 100 yard to a family picnicing and went into Im a starving waif act . They laughed and called my husband and we retrieved our resident panhandler.

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You have 8 months ,set some goals see how it goes. Can you work with atrainer or have someone evaluate him now to get a baseline and then after some training reevaluate.

Sometimes just the weekly routine of going to classes teaches a dog how to behave better in the company of other dogs.
The Husky camp sounds like fun! All you have to remember is Zeeva isn't a Husky and you can't expect her to act like one.
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Sometimes just the weekly routine of going to classes teaches a dog how to behave better in the company of other dogs.
The Husky camp sounds like fun! All you have to remember is Zeeva isn't a Husky and you can't expect her to act like one.
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Also, you might want to consider only bringing one dog? Obviously, since it is a Husky camp, Smokey would be the attendee.

I know that I have a much easier time of it when I only have one dog with me. You wouldn't have to worry about the two feeding off each other, and you would be better able to devote your time and attention to that one dog.

I like the idea of taking an obedience class to prepare for the camp! It sounds like a lot of fun. I attend a Pug meet up every so often and we always have a blast.
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Sounds awesome But if at all possible I'd only take one dog, it will be a lot less for you to worry about and you can give 100% of your attention to Smokey
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That sounds like so much fun! What a great idea
I'm another one who thinks it should be just you and Smokey, BTW.
Can Zeeva spend the day with DH, just them doing something fun together? I think you'd enjoy it much more - I know I always have a better time when I only have 1 dog to take care of.
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How fun!!!

I have met many people IRL from the different (scrapbooking) message boards I'm on So of course I don't think it's odd

Our 4-H kids have a weekend retreat each spring and we have a great time so I'm sure you'll have fun!

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