Rain Gear

Don’t know about you, but getting soaked while at an agility trial or out at some function or other isn’t my idea of a whole lot of fun so….

Here are some suggestions from agility folk…I haven’t tried them. I just do the simple dollar store plastic garbage bag with a good hat…works for me… and then I stay out of the rain as much as possible. Plus…unless it’s a cold rain…a wee bit of water isn’t gonna kill a person. 🙂

  • cabela’s among the many things they do in primarily hunting/fishing tcthey also do rain gear
  • frogg togg’s. Some like their stuff, others don’t.
  • marmot precip rain gear
  • one happy customer says:

    I got the Marmot precip raingear from cleanrun and so far I am VERY happy with it. It helped me get through quite a serious torrential storm that lasted a week, and just amazing how much more comfortable than any other raingear I’ve ever had. My daughter opted for a marmot made of gortex ……, and she seems happy with her stuff too. I really like all the Marmot stuff we have. The raingear I do NOT recommend is anything is anything with a DWR coating that washes off, because we have had just terrible luck with those, in spite of following all the recommended care.

Soft Sided Crates

A question often asked on dog lists is one about soft-sided crates and what folks recommend. here are some ideas for you with comments from people.

Canine Camper – It’s easy to set-up and take down. It has a carrying case for easy transport. Plus the crate has “flaps” on all 4 sides so it has plenty of ventilation and allows for some quiet time, if needed.

E-Z Crates – E-Z Crates are crates that are loved, but they not longer manufacture them. The E-Z Crate is very light weight and easy to set up.

Petsmart Soft-sided – it is the easiest one to set up and there is plenty of ventilation and it is very durable.

Sturdi Crate for airplane travel.

Or you could try those collaspible children tents/kiddy crates for taking to the beach. Don’t cost much, can get them at toysrus and other such places. For the price, with a small dog, or a careful dog they might be just the ticket.

For other crate ideas, just google search soft-sided dog crates and you’ll come up with lots of pages to research. 🙂

Like with any item, a dog needs to be trained in the use of this. It is soft-sided. That means a rough, rambuctious dog, or a dog that paws at the crate sides might not be the best fit with this type of crate until it is trained to be calm and quiet in it.

The advantages are, they tend to fold up flat, and can be taken therefore most anywhere. They are light-weight, tend to be space-efficient, and sometimes can be repaired if they are damaged. Since they are soft-sided they can be squished in a bit to maximize space.

Car Sick Puppy/dog

What are ways to help a dog or puppy that gets car sick.

  1.  realize that puppy might out-grow the need to be car-sick.
  2. Dramanine, Meclizine, Wal-DramII or Bonine  – slightly different meds that do the same thing, but one might work where another doesn’t
  3. Putting a crate up high so he can see out
  4. Opening a window
  5. start with really short trips
  6. give a bone to chew on
  7. teach dog to let you know if would be ill so you can pull over for it to vomit and then continue on your way
  8. drive more conservatively
  9. give gingersnap cookies, or ginger tea
  10. go on a few really long trips, somehow that can help dog adjust to vehicle motion
  11. don’t feed too much before traveling (if at all) this though depends on the dog since some dogs get sick on a empty tummy.  It’s a case of having to know your dog
  12. Be careful where you place them in the car – some dogs front seat, some dogs middle of vehicle, some crated so can’t see passing scenery from side view,  Once again, a case of try it out, see what works for individual dog
  13. Perhaps invest in larger vehicle, less car sickness in vans
  14. Realize that many dogs will out-grow car sickness, but some never do, whether it’s a conditioned response, or an actual effect of vehicular travel.  All one can do then is determine how to live with it (extra bedding and showers)

Canine Life Vests

I have to admit, I haven’t given canine life vests a whole lot of thought, as neither of my dogs is into boats or canoes. BUT if I did have a dog that would go canoe-ing with me, this is something I would invest in.  And with the summer weather here for swimming, canoe-ing and the like, I thought this would be timely.

What is nice about using a canine vest is

the extra buoyancy allows dogs to swim faster, further, longer, and with less energy output, so they can save a little for the trail home

Saving energy will keep your dog alive longer if some unwanted disaster occurs.

Some sources:

First Aid Kit for Dogs

What kind of stuff should you have on hand when travelling with your dogs?

Mind, you have to take some advice with a grain of salt

You need to consider what  you are comfortable with and what your dog can handle.

  • triple antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes
  • pepto bismol pills for stress induced diarrhea
  • aspirin basic soreness
  • vet wrap
  • ace wrap
  • gauze
  • thermometer( if my dog gets sick on the road, I want to know temperature)
  • eye wash (barn dust eye irritations)
  • old pair of pantyhose for restraining a dog’s muzzle in case it gets badly hurt, keeps YOU from being bitten
  • Plywood or an old blanket for lifting/transporting an injured dog
  • Basic medical records
  • Benadryl – a topical type in case bitten by something nasty (i.e. fire ants)
  • Tweezers
  • Tourniquet (learn how to use it!)
  • Gloves
  • Extra leash
  • Baggie if bitten by some toxic critter (to put critter in)
  • Scissors
  • Feminine napkin to help control bleeding
  • Meds for dog if on any

Take a first aid course for Dogs.  You just may find it invaluable.

Or read a book such as this one: First Aid and Emergency Care by Roger W. Gfeller. et al.

Having knowledge of where the after hours vet clinic is near to wherever you are going is important.

If you don’t want to make your own emergency bag, it is easy enough to get one.  for instance here is one.

What RV is best for traveling with dogs?

The question was asked last year on the AGILE dog network.

What RV is best for traveling with dogs?

Mind you, this is a somewhat subjective topic, but these are the results that Terri listed for the group after she asked this question.

So many asked for me to post results from RV question that I thought it would be faster for me to just post it here, sorry for the OT. Thanks to everyone who provided so much information for us RV wannabes.

Class A or C
Class A won hands down, but those with Class C’s really love them as well, but many people went from Class C to A. The reasons given for the Class A choice were pretty much the same across the board. Class C cockpit small and uncomfortable on long drive. Class A has more and better use of space both in the floor plan and in the storage area below. The Class A chassis can hold more weight than the C, which is important when you consider all the stuff you are putting in it when you head to a trial. Hands down of those who had driven the Class A and had driven a Class C said that they found the A easier to drive and that the learning curve is much shorter with the A because it is so different from the van like quality of the C. The van like quality of the C ( a reason many people buy it as their first RV) does sometimes provide you with a false sense of vehicle size. The Class A is more expensive to insure and taller so you need to be aware of that as well.

Questions to ask when looking

  • Do you have big dogs or small dogs?
  • Are you going to be an inside person or outside when parked?
  • Are you planning to crate when riding or seat belt dogs? Interestingly most people do a mix of this, younger in crates, older with belts.
  • How much weight will you be carrying, gear, dogs, food, cloths etc.?
  • Are you comfortable in the seats for driving and riding?
  • What kind of fuel do you want to use?
  • How loud is it on the inside when going down the road?
  • How comfortable are the beds for sleeping?
  • How loud is it on the inside when sitting (sometimes neighbors are loud)?
  • How big are the slides and how much room is lost when they come in (can you still move through the RV when in, as many times you may not open when parked for a quick overnight)?

RV Advice

  • Don’t go too small
  • Buy used if you can but buy a upper model used as quality is better
  • Get the outside shower attachment
  • Can use the wardrobe area for crates when you take off doors
  • Look hard at floor plans where they add space and where they take away, do you need a large bath or would you rather have more living space
  • Bring measuring tape and or crates with you to see how it will fit
  • Make sure you can fit all your stuff in the storage and you can get at it easily
  • First time you might want to buy from a dealership as the support system is better
  • Do lots of homework before you go out to the dealership to save time, know the model you are interested in and the length and floor plan