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Q: Camping: Afraid my puppy will run off

April 26, 2009 | By Theosmom | 7 answers | Expired: 1900 days ago

Theosmom

I have a 5 month old chihuahua / min pin mix puppy. For the most part he is well behaved for his age. I am wanting to take him camping this summer though and am afraid that he may run off in a potentially dangerous situation. I have been working with him on getting him to "come". However im still worried that when we are camping he may run to other campsites or into traffic. And I would prefer not to have him on a leash the entire time since we will be camping with other dogs who will be leash/chain free. He is small. Do you think it would be reasonable to get a shock colloar for the purpose of stopping him from running in a situation where I may not beable to stop him at a campground? The collar would only be used in an extreme emergency and not as a routine way of correcting him. I would not normally use such a device. I am open to all suggestions and any advice. Thank You My heart breaks at the thought of hurting him but I want him to be safe and have a good time.

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Jillian
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Apr 27, 2009

shock collars, other than being completely unethical and painful, use negative association training. its like yelling, "bad dog" and hitting them just b/c they don't know better.
positive association training is the most effective and it doesn't have the side effects {mental AND physical}. buy a whistle and make some chicken. every time you blow the whistle, he gets a treat. then give some distance between the two of you, he will come for the treat when you blow the whistle. gradually introduce more distance.
the outdoors is very exciting to dogs. if you walk your dog daily and use alternate paths, your dog will be less likely to run off given the chance.

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Vicki R.
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Apr 26, 2009

Di (booboopugs) has a number of really good suggestions. The playpen that she mentioned can be found at pet stores and may be called a playpen but is usually referred to as an x-pen. Watch the spacing on the panels, you need to make sure that your little one can squeeze through.

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di
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di

Apr 26, 2009

I would never take the chance of having a dog off leash.
We live by several lakes, scenic river and state parks here at the foothills of the Ozarks in Eastern Oklahoma. Every summer, those camping on the scenic Illinois river, leave dogs at campsites while canoeing. We have several reports of lost pets, or stolen. I travel with a dog crate for a reason, even in a motel I leave her crated with a not to staff not to touch my dog. I think with her being that small there are several neat pet play pens, and gated dog pens that are portable to keep her safe in. Watch temps that you never leave a dog in the car for safe keeping. I know of several dog day cares around the branson area and we have one here in town the you might take advantage of, if there are some in the area you are visiting. I know we used a facility in Tulsa while my sister was in the outpatient cancer treatment center for the day as opposing to crate her dog all day in the hotel. Just as a child, I would treat her as such, and never trust leaving her alone, people steal. Never trust your tent at night to, they can find a way out...good luck.

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Azzurrapl
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Apr 26, 2009

NEVER USE A SHOCK COLLAR - EVER! If you really want him to go camping with you - keep him in a harness and on leash.... there is no reason why he needs to be running around leash free anywhere - one of your friends says something -you just say "my dog is in training" first all you dont want your 6 month old puppy playing with - older or bigger dogs? second, if you can't guarantee a recall - you are running the risk of loosing him. Nobody should say anything to you - nobody in the camp site wants a little puppy lost - everyones vacation will be ruined - if they think they couldn't help you keep your puppy closeby and/or the guilt one will feel if they run over him?
I have a 15 month old dog - who is never off leash unless we are in a fenced in area..... I just do not want to take that chance and his recall is about 80% reliable......
Hope you have a great vacation! Keep your puppy on leash or leave him home with a dog sitter or in a reliable doggie - day care. Good Luck!

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dawn
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Apr 26, 2009

i took Carmichael camping (my cat)and he got out of his harness. The camping trip was an emotional nightmare, as Carm disappeared. The thought of returning home without tore me up! Thank the powers that be he returned the morning we had to leave. So my advise leave your dog at home.

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debbie l.
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Apr 26, 2009

I think I'd get about a 60ft lead and fasten it around a tree.That will give him some leeway and you won't have to worry so much.

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M Evelyn F.
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Apr 26, 2009

No, on the shock collar, you want the camping experience to be a good one, not one of your torturing him!
If he's not extremely good on recall then I wouldn't let him roam in a strange area where he could get lost.Maybe some that are going with you have X-pens and you could set up a small "bark park" type area for the smaller dogs and dogs that aren't used to camping.

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