1 pointIt's an official husky what? For nearly a decade now, we have been running an official husky camp for our forum members. This is a chance for people to get to meet in person, and for many a holiday that is easier to do with the dogs. This is done in a way that both people and huskies can enjoy. It was started originally as a way to get around it being difficult to have a holiday with dogs, and make it easier to enjoy due to everyone around you also having dogs of their own. When is it? Husky camp for 2020 will run from Friday 15th-22th May (Friday to Friday) Where is it? The Meadows (this is the field we are generally on, but just ask for where the husky group is staying) Ty Mawr Holiday Park Conwy LL2 9HG How do I book? You can book through their website, which is here https://www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk/location/wales/ty-mawr/ Ring this number to book for some reason the website is playing up there are caravans available 01745832079 (Let them know you want The Meadows Field if you are camping. ) LET ME KNOW ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED, AND CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST Is it just like a 'dog convention' type thing? Far from it LOL. Whenever I explain to people what husky camp is, in the shortest amount of words possible, it tends to be this. We go for walks and stuff during the day, enjoy food together, and generally have a good drink at night. We're about as far from being some boring convention as you could possibly get LOL. Are there many of you go? Am I welcome? Can I bring my partner etc We have had as many as 130 people at camp, and as little as 10. As you can see from that alone, the numbers can vary wildly. No need to ask if you are welcome at camp! Of course you are welcome! partners etc also welcome. All we ask is that you are responsible for the people that you bring (we are respected for being a good set of people, who are clean and tidy at camp, and don't cause trouble), adhere to camp rules, and generally don't give the site a bad name. What facilities are there? Electric hook up Static caravan hire or camping Shower and toilet blocks Eating places on and around camp Swimming pool Play area for the kids if you have any Wifi on site Where do you walk? What do you do? Just to give you a very brief idea of the kinds of things we do, based on years gone by. Some of which we do each year (of course not all). Beach walk Alyn Waters walk Talacre point walk Llandudno walk along the front Aber falls Newborough Forest - Anglesea Pensarn beach Conwy Castle / Conwy walk Sun Set walk Secure offload where all the dogs can be set free to let off some energy Meal over at the local restaurant BBQs done by Barry (small charge to cover costs between us) Breakfasts done by Dunc & Andy (small charge to cover costs between us) Camp fire and drinks at night Adult style pass the parcel (Yes, this really happens, and it hilarious!) Added a few pics here for people who haven't been before, to give you an idea. And also a video of the offlead, which is always fun Not sure who already booked at camp, and who didn't, so let me know if you already have
1 pointAndy, Kells, Eden-Willow + Darwin
1 pointWell, I am no expert! But here is my attempt 🙂 On bitey-bitey (aka "landshark" phase): Rather than just tolerate being bitten, most owners train their pups out of it. Techniques include the "Yelp" loudly and turn your back (refuse to play), and redirection (giving her a Toy to bite/chew on instead, or starting a game of Tug). The aim is to break the habit of teeth on human skin! They outgrow it and usually stop when done teething, but yes, people have gone through tubes of bandages and antibiotic depending on the size and biteyness of their pup... On training & treats: It's great that your dog is food-motivated, that means she will be easier to train! "Positive" training uses food as a Lure to get your dog to perform certain tasks on cue. Eventually when the cue + behavior becomes a habit, the treat can be "faded out" (for example, rewarding once every few times, or randomly). ( In my personal opinion and experience, positive training and teaching your dog to do what you want using treats, is 100% better than forceful things like grabbing collar, physically forcing dog.) On eating fast & bloat: If bolting her food, you can change her to a slow-feeder? Or always feed using a Kong, where she has to lick it out/roll it with her paws. I think it's normal for dogs to eat pretty fast (eating in a pack, if you pause to eat mindfully and savor your food, somebody else is gonna get it! 🙂 For avoiding "bloat" (possibly fatal condition when stomach turns over), avoid vigorous exercise before and after meals, and divide feedings into twice per day (not one big meal a day). I've heard waiting periods ranging from 2 hrs to 30 minutes...my personal guideline is 30 minutes for a leashed walk, but if you're going to be going to a dog park or running fullspeed/playing fetch/tongue-hanging exercise, then I'd wait 1-2 hours after eating... It also sounds like your dog may be developing some "reactivity" with other dogs based on her earlier negative experiences? If you go to puppy class, it is something to ask your teacher about. There are techniques to train dogs out of this. If it's a good class, your pup may surprise you! In week 5 or 6 of our obedience class, my dog was sitting calmly a few feet away from another dog, heeling around cones, etc all while a few feet away from other dogs. I was pretty amazed, because he used to go nuts when passing other dogs on walks.