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Heading to the farm! Some questions
Me, Diva, and her other mommy are packing up and heading to my grandmother's farm in PA this August. We will be there about 4 days. This will be her first time flying. I am sure she will be in paradise there- she is a city dog and the park is the most exciting place she knows. She is going to lose her mind with joy over all the woods and fields. My grandmother is a dog trainer and is dying to meet her as well!
I think the big fields will be a great place to work on her recall since it is very far from any road. But I don't want to just let her off leash without seeing how she will act first- we have had her off leash a tiny bit before in the park and she stayed pretty close, but we were playing fetch, had another dog with us, or another strong incentive to stay close. In this case there will be a million new smells, bunny rabbits, deer, and other reasons she might want to run off. I was wondering if anyone has tried having a dog on a very long tether for this purpose. What do you use? Can I get like 100 feet of light nylon webbing for this? Tips on working her recall?
Also, this will be a great chance to try her in the pool if weather permits! Tips on that? She will be very carefully supervised. I thought I might try to lure her in the water with treats, and if that works, float some treats for her to swim around and get. It is a small pool and we would be the only ones there so I think it's a perfect opportunity.
Lastly - TICKS! Being in the city, I'm not using any flea and tick medications currently. What should I dose her with for this trip? She will be THOROUGHLY checked when we get indoors. ALSO, I'd like to bring some benadryl in case she gets stung by a bee, but how do I figure out her dosage?
Ok that was a lot of questions. Recap:
1) Long tether for working recall outdoors?
2) Tips on recall?
3) Tips on introduction to the pool?
4) Flea/tick medication for a one-time scenario?
5) Benadryl dosage?