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Old 05-25-2012, 10:01 AM   #31
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This may sound silly, but I have made up a medical folder for our animals, each animal has it's own section, first page is a "Mug" shot full face and profile, second page is the vets info, then ALL medical receipts for treatments their ID CHIPS and rabies certificates.This way I always have everything handy and my dogs ALWAYS loose their tags but this way I have all the things I need in one spot......( I do this for the family also LOL just different paperwork)

I don't think it's silly. I think it's a very responsible thing to do. I was refused entry into the US one time because I didn't have current rabies vaccination records for my dog.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:40 AM   #32
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This may sound silly, but I have made up a medical folder for our animals, each animal has it's own section, first page is a "Mug" shot full face and profile, second page is the vets info, then ALL medical receipts for treatments their ID CHIPS and rabies certificates.This way I always have everything handy and my dogs ALWAYS loose their tags but this way I have all the things I need in one spot....
Lol I do this exact same thing for our boxer. I have every paper, receipt, cerificate etc. from every vet appt from the day he was born. It's nice to have it organized just in case you need to refer back to it. Now that I think about it, I think the dog is taken care of better than our kids. oops sorry kids!
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:46 AM   #33
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How about training them to use the stairs into and out of the tt? We don't have stairs at home and she doesn't seem to understand the tt stairs.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:26 PM   #34
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This may sound silly, but I have made up a medical folder for our animals, each animal has it's own section, first page is a "Mug" shot full face and profile, second page is the vets info, then ALL medical receipts for treatments their ID CHIPS and rabies certificates.This way I always have everything handy and my dogs ALWAYS loose their tags but this way I have all the things I need in one spot......( I do this for the family also LOL just different paperwork)
While what you are doing is more than we are currently doing; I see a need to do what YOU are doing; PDQ.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:35 PM   #35
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How about training them to use the stairs into and out of the tt? We don't have stairs at home and she doesn't seem to understand the tt stairs.
Maybe try using their favorite treats? Put one on the bottom stair and then work your way up into the trailer and vice versa. Don't force them or they wont be comfortable to do it. Then give lots of praise so that they know it's a good thing. Our boxer knows that when we load our clothes and groceries that we are going camping and he gets excited and will go in. Otherwise he could care less about going in it.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #36
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Maybe try using their favorite treats? Put one on the bottom stair and then work your way up into the trailer and vice versa. Don't force them or they wont be comfortable to do it. Then give lots of praise so that they know it's a good thing. Our boxer knows that when we load our clothes and groceries that we are going camping and he gets excited and will go in. Otherwise he could care less about going in it.
I had two dogs years ago; now I have cats. When we had dogs it was EXTREMELY difficult to leave the house with your keys. Even if you tried picking them up very quietly and didn't make a peep, you'd turn around and there they were at your feet....tails wagging and that "take us along!" look. I swear they woke up from a sound sleep and knew exactly when you were picking up your keys. It was rather spooky.....
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Getting the pooch to go into the trailer is just a matter of training.

We began by training our dogs over the years to go into the crate on command (we say "kennel) and use this routine every time we feed our dog just to keep him from jumping when we get the food out... in fact, he immediately runs into the crate all by himself if he even thinks there is a treat involved!

Same thing with getting them in the truck or TT... not saying it's always easy with an older dog, but it can be done with training and reward... Also, if you get a chance to watch the Dog Whisperer on cable, Ceasar Milan has a lot of useful ideas in this area... all having to do mostly with psychology, not force.

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:36 PM   #38
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We take our dog with us everywhere we go. If somewhere has pet restrictions, we don't bother going. Kind of pathetic, but she has her own camp chair and ramps for the exterior step and for the queen bed so she can come and go. We even took her to the dealer to romp around in the new camper before we bought it.
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@trudinator lol I know exactly what you mean!! Also with the cheese package. I swear he can be downstairs sound asleep and you can open and close the fridge twenty times. The second you touch the cheese wrapper he is flying up the stairs. Go figure!

@FreedomTracker I am a big fan of kennel training. We use the same philosophy when we want him to come into the house, getting in the trailer and truck. All by command. As soon as he comes in from going outside he goes straight to his kennel to receive his treat. There are times that we can't find him and then look in his kennel and he is sound asleep in it with the door open. He loves it!
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We always take our yorkie camping and bring his X-pen to keep him in instead of a tie out. Usually he is on a leash on my lap or in my arms but if I need to put him down in the X-pen he goes. He is only in it with supervision, we use a crate to keep him in if we are not around.

I feel it's safer than a tie-up lead, when I was younger I remember my neighbors who tied their puppy to a tie-up lead off their trailer. Left for 10 minutes and came back to find the puppy had ran around and around shortening the lead and had hung himself. Very very sad.
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