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PostSubject: Long Line when HIking in Woods?   Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:19 pm

Hi!

We are the new owners (4 months in) of a rescue Shepsky. I often take him on hikes in the woods and many people have their dogs offleash. It seems so fun for the dogs to have freedom to explore, so I was thinking about using a long line for Rumo...

But wouldn't the line get tangled around a tree or stuck in the underbrush? Our woods are dense and the trees are close together. Does anybody use a long line in the woods? Or is that only practical if you are in an open field?

If I do buy a long line, should I get a 25' dog-training lead, or a "horse lunge line"? What is best for huskies?

Thank You for any thoughts!
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PostSubject: Re: Long Line when HIking in Woods?   Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:28 pm

One of my dogs does fine on a long line in the woods but she doesn't really stray from the trail. My other dog is excitable and runs everywhere and getting tangled in the trees is an issue. The longer the line the more trouble you can have. I don't do more than 10 or 12 foot flat line. For me a lot just depends on the dog.

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PostSubject: Re: Long Line when HIking in Woods?   Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:25 pm

Aw, your white husky looks so much like Rumo!  :-)

Thanks, yes, 10 or 12' length seems like it would be better for getting tangled!

Do you ever let them trail the line?

I was thinking that I might drop the line briefly on some of the steep downhills...am always afraid that he'll pull me off-balance and I'll twist an ankle and be stuck 2 miles out in the woods with a twisted ankle... (ack, knock on wood). I've taught him not to pull, but we don't always handle roots & rocks at the same pace...he is a lot more balanced and hesitates less  (compared to his wobbly 2-legged human.)!
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PostSubject: Re: Long Line when HIking in Woods?   Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:59 pm

I tried long lines hiking in eastern woods.  Bamp!  Wrong answer.  Tangeled in everything.  Plus, the added length to the, so to speak, fulcrum, gives quite the mechanical advantage when bolting after critters.

As for twisting ankles etc in rocky, rooted, rutted, hilly terrain...I use the traffic lead part of Ami's leash, keep him on heel and use "easy"  He's picked that up quite nicely to the point that when we're in rough terrain and he's on short lead, he actively stabilizes me by moving close against my thigh when he feels my off-balance.  If he doesn't intuitively pick that up, you can always train him to do so.  Ami is a big boy and I am short (and old) so I don't have to lean over much to rest my hand on his withers.

Another option for you would be ecollar training.  Then he could drag a leash (for those areas that are "leash only" by regulation and you would have back up control with the ecollar.
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PostSubject: Re: Long Line when HIking in Woods?   Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:25 pm

@amymeme wrote:
I tried long lines hiking in eastern woods.  Bamp!  Wrong answer.  Tangeled in everything.  Plus, the added length to the, so to speak, fulcrum, gives quite the mechanical advantage when bolting after critters.
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Yes that is what I imagined it might be like ... yep, these are hilly Eastern USA woods where you can't even see through the trees (North Carolina) so I will abandon the idea of a long line ... not practical for our dense hilly woods!

Sigh, trailing the line is probably not good - if he takes off after a deer, I realize there's no way I could run through the underbrush as fast as him, which means I'd lose him unless I fall onto the line and catch it right away...

He is part shepherd so maybe ecollar training could work someday.
So far, his recall is excellent (er, when I am waving a piece of rotisserie chicken  Laughing  )
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PostSubject: Re: Long Line when HIking in Woods?   Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:50 pm

Hiking I use a ten foot lead tied to a belt on one end and to Bodhi's harness on the other.
It works most of the time because he "explores" forward.

At the beach or in an open field, I use a 30 ft. lead so he gets more freedom.

Bodhi is my third husky.
I've learned my lesson from the first two.
He is never off lead.
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