Trail Safety Series - Recorded
Individual sessions are $25
Hitting the trails with your dog can be so rewarding! With outdoor recreation becoming more important that ever during the time of social distancing, there is an increase of use on trails. Not all trails and recreation spaces welcome dogs, but knowing how to find out ahead which do, and understanding how to responsibly enjoy and share with your pet will ensure that you and your dog are welcome, and may even create the precedence for more dog friendly spaces! Join us to learn about
- your duties when using public outdoor recreational spaces, and how to manage situations where another user is not "dog friendly"
- other types of users and what they need from you and your dog to stay safe
- how to effectively communicate with other trail users to reduce negative encounters
- how to manage wildlife encounters to reduce predatory drive in your dog, to keep your dog AND wildlife safe
- trapping and how to keep your dog from having a negative encounter with a trapped animal or trapping equipment.
Despite all efforts to prepare and avoid problems, sometimes disaster still strikes. We will also cover basic first aid, how to release your pet from a trap, and what to do in serious emergency situations.
This series of 6 classes via Zoom will cover specific topics each week to help you be aware of the polite ways to enjoy trails with your dog, and understand the dangers and how to prepare for them or avoid them. I have teamed up with wildlife experts and agencies, professional trappers, veterinarians, and other recreational landscape users to provide you with relevant information to become a better user and your dog a very welcome feature on trails!
Trail encounters can include other dogs, cyclists, joggers, trail runners, skiers, OHV, pack animals, wildlife, and hidden traps or snares! How we understand and approach these encounters can make the difference between dangerous and downright pleasurable!
Trapping especially can be devastating, and the season runs from November through March, although traps can be present on the landscape any time of the year! They can also legally be in places you would not expect, like just a few feet off of public trails, near campgrounds, and on public and private landscapes! Traps and snares are hidden and can be deadly, in some cases silent, each year, dogs go missing while on the trail with their owners, who don't understand how their dog just disappeared!
Wildlife encounters are at times, deadly, for either your dog, or the animal your dog may target. It is illegal for your dog to harass or chase wildlife. In the Lander area, there was recently the need to euthanize several deer after dogs harassed them, and caused significant injuries. Wildlife that feels threatened can attack and kill a dog. However, there are techniques to prevent, and avoid these conflicts and still enjoy the trail, the wildlife, and the outdoors with your dog!