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post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2011, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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How to train a dog to stay...

close by on the trail. I have been thinking about adopting another dog form the local shelter and thinking I may like a big dog to go on the trails with me. I know how to train basic stuff like sit, down, fetch and walk nice on a leash but I have no idea how I would train one to stay near by on a trail. So does anyone have any idea how to do this?
Here are the dogs avaliable at the shelter is haveing thier one year anniversary celebration tomorrow and the adoptions are going to be 75% off so feel free to look at the others and make suggestions:

http://www.ashevillehumane.org/adoptions

The ones I like are Capri, Belinda, and Chester.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-30-2011, 07:45 PM
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Cute choices. I have always loved bully breeds especially boxers, but I would seriously try to weed out the dogs who don't seem very focused on you. A female boxer is more likely to go off on her own and possibly go after other people on the trail, other dogs, etc. The pit mix would probably be your best choice and the least likely to be adopted by others and the most trainable. Start off at a dog park with very very good meat tidbits. Call your dog with a specific whistle and treat with the meat. Then send him off on the trail and recall him. When he's super close, you can use the command, closer and then give a treat. Start off around the ranching a closed pen and whistle and ask him to come closer, then toss treats. He will soon learn to make sure he's close enough to not miss out on the treats. Eventually you can add a down stay to your routine when you are mounted on your horse. My boxers used to travel miles with us on the trail, lay by my horse if we stopped in a store and were welcomed by the community. A good down stay was a life saver and made other people we encountered feel good about them being off leash with us. Also, the command leave it is helpful when asking your dog not to investigate another dog, person, squirrel, etc.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-30-2011, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you I am kind of leaning more towards the pit mix to for the same reason you mentioned she has two things that make her less likely to find a home first shes pit mix second shes black for some reason around here the big black dogs are the last to find homes.

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-30-2011, 08:33 PM
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Pawsnfur pretty much covered it all and covered it well!

I, too, would pick Capri. I love bully breeds anyway, but she's just adorable. Also, at nine-months-old, she's more likely to bond with you and want to be near you, which helps out on the trail.

If my aussie/st bernard didn't think that anything that runs WANTS to be chased (hello, high prey/herding drive!), he'd make a great trail dog because he wants to be as close to me as he can possibly get. I got him at 10-months-old from a shelter in Tucson and he is definitely MY dog and very bonded with me (as is evidenced by the fact that I can't go to the bathroom by myself because apparently I might sneak my fat butt out the tiny 12" by 18" window in the bathroom and leave Cash alone).
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Drafty my girl Ginger is the same way and if she was big I would take her on the trails but shes a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix we think and has short little legs and a fat belly. LOL

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I personally would pick the golden, but I'm partial being that I own four.
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I like goldens as well but I already have one dog that sheds a ton and have a hard time keeping up with her hair.

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Don't think for a micro-second that short-haired dogs shed less than long-haired dogs! I had a dalmatian and she shed constantly! We were always brushing white hair off our pants. And short hair is worse than long hair. At least with long hair, it brushes off or picks off easily. Short hair just sticks like glue!

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You have a very good point Drafty. I will just go look at all the dogs and pick one that I feel will be what exactly I am looking for thats what I did with Ginger and she is awsome. ; )

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Don't think for a micro-second that short-haired dogs shed less than long-haired dogs! I had a dalmatian and she shed constantly! We were always brushing white hair off our pants. And short hair is worse than long hair. At least with long hair, it brushes off or picks off easily. Short hair just sticks like glue!

Short coated breeds shead all year, but long coated dogs "blow" their coat once or twice a year.

so yeah short hair is worse. lol I have a jack, and he has wirey hair. It weaves itself into fabric!

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