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Kristen Duracka | 3 months ago
Hello! We Were Hiking With Our Dog This Morning When He Got A Thorn In His …

Hello! We were hiking with our dog this morning when he got a thorn in his paw. Luckily we were able to remove it but it required two of us since he doesn’t like having his feet touched especially when he’s in pain. I have two questions. I realize now we need to carry a soft muzzle or something in case this happens when he is with only one of us, do you have a kind you prefer? Also how can we work with him, so he is more comfortable with us touching his feet?

Thank you so much,
Kristen

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Sarah
2 months ago

Hi there- we are currently working with one of our dogs and his feet. He does not like them being handles or touched either. What we are doing at the moment: after a good long walk, and while he is calm and resting, I have been sitting with him and just “playing” with each of his toes individually, and rewArding his patience with a treat. He is getting much more tolerant with this. So much so, that the other morning I was able to cut almost all of his nails in one sitting. Is has been a process/ still is,… Read more »

Laura
2 months ago

In a pinch, you can use the leash as a muzzle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8CwNyfaU3g

Laura
2 months ago

It’s definitely a good reason to carry a spare nylon leash. 🙂 I always have a few around since they can be so very handy.

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Kristen Duracka | 7 months ago
Hi! I Am Interested In Doing Longer Day Hikes With Our Dog. He’s A 3 Year …

Hi! I am interested in doing longer day hikes with our dog. He’s a 3 year old Hound mix and easily does 4-5 miles. I want to get him up to about 10 miles for trips every once in a while. What supplies should we take for him? What snacks would be best? How should I increase his mileage? Should I get him used to booties (I think that might be tough though)? Thanks for any suggestions and advice you have.

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Sarah
7 months ago

Hi there- I think it’s great to hike with your dog- although I have never done 10 miles. I would first and foremost make sure his obedience is up to snuff. Trails can suddenly have multiple dogs on them when a moment ago there were none around, or wildlife can be very tempting… etc. you might want to get a dog backpack to carry water in, which you’ll probably have to introduce to your dog and get him comfortable with. And a collapsible water dish too. And probably a check in with your vet if you haven’t been recently- just… Read more »

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Kristen Duracka | 3 years ago
We Have An Almost 8 Month Old Hound Mix. We Were Thinking About Getting…

We have an almost 8 month old hound mix. We were thinking about getting an invisible fence. I’m curious about any opinions you have of invisible fences and also if you think it’s a good idea for a hound. Thank you.

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Laura
2 years ago

Invisible fences should never be used unattended…and every person I know with one ends up with a real fence eventually. THAT SAID I know a number of hound people who hunt train their dogs and use e-collars for distance training. I would encourage you to look into field/hunt training.

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