Rockhill, I'm in 100% agreement. I firmly believe the best protection you can give a dog is a properly-sized airline crate that is properly secured in the vehicle, but I'd rather see folks use a harness than nothing at all.
I've known had two different friends have bad crashes like the ones you described. In the first, two dogs were in airline crates, two in wire crates. Both of the wire crates broke apart on impact. One dog was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly. The other ran loose and was lost for nearly 48 hours. Both airline crate dogs were sore, but fine.
Next crash was a fellow corgi herding person, returning cross country from our Nationals about 6 years ago. Her van rolled several times. Van was completely totaled, driver suffered whiplash and several bad bruises. All five corgis were completely fine.
Key #1 - properly sized crate. You are not doing Fluffy any favors by giving her a larger crate to stretch out. The less space she has to be thrown around in a crash, the less risk of injury she will have.
Key #2- properly SECURED crate. Just tossing a crate in the back of the SUV might be OK in a little fender-bender, but in a serious crash the whole crate then becomes a projectile. Small crates can often be seat-belted on a bench seat. Larger crates need to be secured to cargo tie-downs or other anchor points on the vehicle. Bungees don't hold as well as most people think. My tie-down of choice is a ratcheting cargo strap. Since our dogs are smaller, their crates fit nicely in the 2nd row passenger area of my minivan. They also fit in the back seat of our quad-cab tow vehicle. Larger dogs have to go in the cargo area of a van or SUV, and may or may not fit in a pickup.
I removed the second row seats from my van. They sit on a shelf in the garage, collecting dust till trade-in time. I kept the 3rd row seats in the vehicle, folded down but available for passengers when needed. These straps hook onto the anchors from those seats.
Final photo shows the crates in the back seat of the Toyota PU. In the photo I had not yet attached the tie-downs, which hook to the base of the seat, loop over the crates, then back down to the seat anchors. The 3rd crate stacks on top of the one on the passenger side, which was why I hadn't attached the straps yet. These are size 200, or Medium crates. I doubt this configuration would work with a bigger crate. In that case, the SleepyPod harness would be the best option for someone with this sort of vehicle.
My crew all get the Synovi G4 chewies...they go wild for them like they were treats.
Trader Joes makes a chewable glucosamine that our last generation of dogs found very tasty. It's a chewable tablet, but passed of as a treat for even a very cynical old corgi girl. As I recall they were competitively priced, too.
Yes, I know 8 in winner True, her owner Maureen, and breeder Cindy, through herding. True started her week at the PWCCA National herding trial with 2 qualifying scores. Then Tuesday was AKC agility at the corgi national. She won an extremely competitive Masters Std class, then hit the road for Springfield for the NADAC championships. The corgis definitely had a great showing in both 8 and 4 inches.
Buddy is running Skilled/Preferred so he can jump 4 inches and stay healthy. He also now claims a Veteran status in NADAC, and while he doesn't necessarily need the extra time, his handler does!
Thanks for the video. I was getting updates from the championships all weekend via several corgi friends. Love that course, might have to try to set that one up!
We only get a few NADAC trials a year around here, but have two coming up soon...here's a shot from practice last Saturday, running Extreme Hoopers for the first time.
Not likely to be a problem unless he was actively sent to "work". The way scent works, it's not likely he would indicate just by catching a whiff of a neighbor's stash on the breeze.
If he does alert on something at a campsite, you can play it a couple of different ways. You can call him off (leave it, or whatever word he was taught), or, when he indicates, you can just give him his toy --that's what most K-9's are working for.
Congrats on the success! Look forward to a full report.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Nationals are going on this week in St. Louis. Getting bits of info here and there, but it looks like the corgis did pretty well against the ducks, but only the top advanced dogs had any luck with the sheep. I wish I could've gone this year, but it's too far for us.
We have those kind of clinics also...in fact one is coming up in SoCal early next year and I'm thinking about going.
Most judges I've run under or scribed for dictate how many points, where on the course, and why, with a pretty standard set of abbreviations.
On Sunday, when the courses shrink in size, do you have to move any obstacles, or just the handler's post? I suppose the shedding right would have to move too, right?
Oh man, I wish we were closer so we could help! My 14 yr old daughter and I went to our first agility trial this summer and helped in the ring both days :) We had a blast and would love to help at a herding trial!
~ Dori ~
There is no better way to learn about a sport than working the events, that is for sure. People who are willing to help out are the heart of any event! I'll never forget the first time I worked the rings at an agility trial....as the "newbie", they saddled me with straightening the "chute" in the Excellent B class (Now called Masters). Biggest class, lasted several hours, up and down for every dog that ran. Boy were my knees sore!
Herding trials don't have the same "manic" pace as agility, but nobody has ever turned down a willing volunteer! :)
How's the hand, Mark?
I'm guessing the trial is this coming weekend..how are you set, weather-wise?
I see that a volunteer sheet was on your list..when my regional Corgi club puts on our annual herding trial we have volunteers for scribing, timekeeping, gate control, and managing the hospitality food. We hire a Trial Secretary who handles all of the official paperwork and deals with scoring, placements, and awards. We also have to have a team of course builders, as the course has to be re-set several times each day.. I'm guessing you have already built yours and it stays the same?
I usually help on the course building team, as it is a job that it is OK for someone entered in the trial to do. I have scribed for my herding instructor when she has judged elsewhere... THAT is a very educational experience!
Hope it's a great success for you.
Take 4 or 5 of the suggestions you like. Write each one on a separate scrap of paper, crumble them up, and toss them on the floor. Call the dog into the room and see which one she puts her nose on first. That is her name.
In the case of an older, shy dog, it may help to crumble each piece of paper around a single bite of dry food, so there is something worth sniffing.... but put the same bite of food in all the crumbles.
This weekend I took Buddy and Diva up to Turlock, CA for an ASCA obedience and rally trial. Saturday evening we drove out to Oakdale to visit a good friend for dinner. Since our friend has a litter of newborn puppies, my guys couldn't go in the house (they had just come from a fairgrounds where there had been hundreds of strange dogs...too much risk of exposure to Parvo for little ones)...so they hung out in the barn while we visited and had dinner.
As it was getting dark I was ready to leave, and we decided, since Buddy was already down at the barn, to use him to put her stock away for the evening, instead of one of her dogs.
Buddy was of course more than willing to offer his services!
Two properties over, and these are not small properties, mind you, some neighbors were having a party with very loud music. It had annoyed us all during dinner, and, I learned, the sheep and goats didn't like it either. We found all of the stock (6 dwarf goats and about 12 sheep) huddled in the corner of the pasture farthest from the noise. My friend said they are never there at dusk, they are almost always waiting near the gate! It became very clear that they wanted nothing to do with going in the barn, which was closer to the noise. It took several attempts to push them into the barn. Normally you open that gate, put the dog out behind them, and in they go! At any rate, during one of their escape attempts, I had to pick up my pace into a run, and my car keys fell out of my pocket in the middle of the pasture. Nothing says fun like searching for your keys with a flashlight in a dark pasture, with loud music blaring and mosquitoes feasting on you. I found my keys and got us back to our hotel before 10pm, thankfully.
In the trial, we had moderate success. Buddy won his class both days and was High in Trial in Rally on Saturday. He was in a runoff for it, which he won handily because working in 100+ degree heat does not phase him. The other dog melted and shut down. Diva got 2nd place in Open obedience Saturday. Sunday she was a little naughty on her Down-Stay, though. She is still young and green at this.