/ Dog at the crag-tips please
For those of you who do take their dogs to the crag/ bouldering, how did you encourage chilled out behaviour?
(please- no 'ban dogs from crags' rants, ta)
To make it worse he then solos the nearest vdiff to try and get to you (sure he's part marmot), or runs about till he finds his way to the top and appears looking suicidal at the lip of the crag.
We tend to run him well then leave him at home or in the car for hour or two at a time now..
Cheers. Yeah I agree it'd be better if he was pre- exercised before expecting him to settle down below the routes. Will try to make sure that he gets well run before any routes are attempted.
Last time I did take a dog to the crag it was Loudoun Hill,and she got a wee bit freaked by the exposure on the top tier at first. A wee bit of whining and barking but settled down fairly quickly.
Keen to emulate the behaviour of a fantastic Samoyed we encountered at Stanage recently. Completely chilled while his owner did a few routes.
Eeek! Sounds harrowing!
my dog is very chilled to the point where i could happily take him to work with me.
However, he has learnt rucksacks = food. He has eaten 2 whole baguettes in one go once, leaving 3 of us with no lunch, and has also eaten clients lunch twice. Not so good and i can't seem to break the association. He will wait until we are attached to ropes and then saunters over and munches away. He can get in the smallest gap in a rucksack lid and i am sure he has undone my bag zip. So now he stays at home unless it's just me and 1 other partner and we can be vigilant with the bags.
So don't let your dog get this association when they're a pup and anyone any ideas how i can stop my dog doing it ?
Chortle : )
Dogs love their grub. That's hilarious!
I'm not going to rant, but I would say that you should remember not everyone is comfortable around dogs and the last thing I'd want is my belyaer getting panicked/jumped on by a dog. As a climber I'm sure you would know this might be a problem, but general dog walkers letting their dogs run off an jump-up/lick everyone don't seem to be so aware.
I doubt there has ever been an accident because of a dog, but I don't think the distraction is needed when climbing/belaying.
On my first solo climb, aged about 9, I became somewhat gripped, somewhere in Pembroke. Our dog (a border collie) came to make sure I was OK then went and got my Dad to come and rescue me. Which he did.
I agree wholeheartedly. I'm a doggy person but I take the responsibility seriously. No- one needs the unwanted intrusion of a wild pet anywhere.
Had a few Border Collies in my time too. What great dogs they are.
Liking the steel cable tip, cheers!
I have a border Collie who really enjoys cragging:
Walk in- longer the better for him!
Generally explores bottom of crag
Comes to whistle if other people turn up
Scrambles up to mod to meet you at the top
Always gives a sympathetic lick for a dnf.
Training was not very complicated- lots of walks, runs, one handed whistle to come back when needed. His only weak spot is cats, but they're evil and not commonly found at crags.
Chew toys are a good distraction for when you're climbing as is a comfortable spot to sunbath in...
My dog loves being out and about everywhere and always likes a clamber about or did until she started to get knee problems all i can say is dont let your pup go to mad or you may have some very expensive vets bills on your hands (cruciate ligaments dont heal easily on dogs)
also make sure you take plenty of water and a bowl but im guessing you know that already
> (please- no 'ban dogs from crags' rants, ta)
I don't take my dog to the crag because I know he would be a right royal pain in the arse to everyone else.
That's fair enough. Some dogs are just not suited to hanging around patiently. Maybe mine will be too high maintenance to tolerate cragging as well but I hope not.
I find it simpler to leave mine behind - she just gets too anxious when I'm climbing/move away from her etc
I don't take my dogs to the crag, my previous dog couldn't cope with it when I tried, these two probably could. I don't really think dogs enjoy it that much anyway. I don't have much sympathy with the "no dogs at crags" lot, they need to hide their sandwiches better!
I do see lots of dogs tied up at the base of the crag whilst the owners climb above. A dropped quickdraw or bit of loose rock could come hurtling towards the dog, which a) does not understand the "below" command and b) cannot get out of the way. This is the main reason my ogs stay home when I go climbing.
Yeah, he's going to be a very active dog once he gets a bit bigger. He's only 11 weeks at the moment so probably only up to the knees of your hound by now.
The big walks etc are quite far in the future, but can't wait for him to get strong enough to be able to do a hill day. Any hillwalking I've done with dogs has been great fun.
I hope the balls dropping will not turn him into Mr Hyde!
I wouldn't think anything except single pitch routes or bouldering would be an option.
>be intollerent of behaviour you don't want at the crag and he will learn his boundaries quite quickly
Good point. He's a bright boy, but does like to push the boundaries at the moment!
Also, avoid taking your dog bouldering. He will settle down on that big, comfy mattress you have carried to the crag for him and...
Yeah- a short messy career in 'spotting' if I land on him!
Luckily our dog has never been that interested in people. and tends to ignore them, unless they show him attention or attract him with food, but again this has come through discipline training him, to obey general commands such as "stay" then moving yourself further away untill he eventually stays at about 20m.
Hope some of this makes sense, and good luck with the training
Thanks for the tips. Some great common sense advice there : )
Maybe in a year or so you might encounter me and Brodie at a crag...?
My dog Sparky loves coming to the crag with me and as soon as I take my rucsack off and take the gear out he lies down on it and guards it. He is a jack russell and knows its his job to guard my bag. If someone gets really close he will bark at them but he is just doing his job and guarding the bag. I tend to leave my bag and him abit away from the path and hes fine.
> So don't let your dog get this association when they're a pup and anyone any ideas how i can stop my dog doing it ?
It probably would be the only sure way to stop him but i feel its a bit drastic
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