Forget all that sci-fi mumbo jumbo and papers on University Professors injecting themselves with microchips. The future is now and for years they have been implanting tracking chips in pets to aid in recovery if they ever got lost. Never mind that I a bit jealous that my dog got the bionic treatment before I could have some sort of electronic enhancements embedded in me, not that I would want a tracking device under my skin. And, no, it isn’t because I am a cruel task master or that I have an ugly mug which makes me afraid of Ty running away.
Ty has actually been great on the long leash though he does get distracted and run ahead sometimes. In my driveway I can leave the gate open and let the leash hang free, confident he will listen to all my commands and not bolt when he had an opportunity. Outside the gates he is a bit less disciplined as sensory overload tends to win over his short attention span. Hot dogs do have the power to eventually bring him back though. Right now I am trying to train him to eventually be able to walk off leash. If he walks ahead he doesn’t go that far before he circles back to check that I am still there and when he is by my side (usually begging for treats) he will stop when I stop and turn when I turn. All of this are good signs but I still need to train him to stay by my side unless I release him to run around.
Because I wanted to have confidence to drop the leash while training him I wanted him to be chipped. I didn’t want to confuse him or make him nervous by being myself being nervous when letting go of the leash. I brought him to the vet and lo and behold, he already had a 24 Hour Pet Watch chip in him which saved me some dough. Actually the vet didn’t know which company Ty’s chip was from so I ended up cold calling one of the companies whose tech person was more than happy to take the serial number and tell me it was a 24 Hour Pet Watch chip. I signed up on the web site and now Ty is good to go. For further insurance I also bought a dog tag which has the number of the company along with the serial number engraved on it.
This is all leading up to a fall camping trip I am trying to put together where I am going to allow Ty to hike with just a light clothes line attached so he feels like he is off leash. If he does well eventually he will be able to walk in the numerous off leash dog parks in the city, including Russell field right behind my apartment and that would be trey cool.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]