How to Train a Mountain Dog
This post is really about how to get your dog in a canoe for the first time and actually enjoy itself, but I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on training a dog to be your hiking/camping/biking/boating companion. We're going camping with some friends at the end of the month, and in mid-September and we want it to be as fun as possibly for Elsa...and us! We know the the mid-September camping trip is going to involve a lot of canoeing, so we want to make sure it does smoothly!
We don't trust Elsa off-leash just yet. Her recall is pretty darn good, but she is obsessed with other dogs and seems to loose her listening ability if they are around. So for biking, I tried it with the 6' leash and just used the heel command to get her to stay at my side. Obviously that works for street-biking but when we get on trails I'm not sure how we'll manage that.
Yesterday we went hiking and decided to try "pseudo" off-leash. We had her on the 30' training leash, and if she trotted ahead of us more than about 15' or so we'd tell her "wait" and correct with the leash. On the 3rd try of "wait" she didn't need the leash correction anymore and would just stop, turn around, and wait to go until we were closer. I think she gets the point, but she's smart enough to know the leash was really on, so I'm not sure how she would do without it.
My DH and I are SUPER active (although we've gotten a lid lazy the last couple months with the wedding, family in town, etc) and we're very excited to have her fully integrated into our outdoors family, we just want to make sure we're going about it the right way!
J, mom to:
- Elsa - "Da Pookins"
- Medo - "The Beast From The East"