Do You Bushcraft With Your Dog?

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Do you have a dog with you, bushcrafting?


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Apr 23, 2014
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Hey folks, I take my Yorkie almost everywhere with me and was looking forward to a bushcraft meet, but none of the meets are allowing dogs onsite, some due to rare breeds on their land others just "no dogs allowed".
Looks like a nomadic summer for me an moi dorg.
If somone knows of a dog friendly meet please let me know.
 

cbr6fs

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Mar 30, 2011
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Another one here that takes their dog pretty much everywhere with them.
Ours is a 3 year old Jack Russell



There have been the odd longer mountain bike rides i've not taken here with me, but other than that if i'm out camping, hiking etc she comes along.

Took a bit of training to get her out of chasing stuff, but once we're away from cars and roads she's 99.9% off lead.
Doesn't harass sheep, ignores most other dogs, trained her to sniff out tortoise and she tends to chase grouse (what can i say i have to let her have some fun), other than that she rarely strays more than 10m from my side.

She sleeps in the tent, cause she's short haired she tends to feel the cold so i usually take a blanket or cover here with one of my coats or jumpers.
If it's really cold then i'll use her as a hot water bottle and she'll sleep in my sleeping bag.

Probably the biggest ball ache is her hairs, anyone that's had a JRT knowns what they're like for moulting.
It does make checking for ticks each night a LOT easier than other dogs i've had though, likewise just a wipe over with a damp cloth is usually enough to clean her off before she comes in the tent.
 

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Apr 15, 2005
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I take our Border Collie with me walking, and the times I've spent in someone's woods working with the chainsaw he's been there with me but bushcrafting?
Naah, I don't really do any of that, I like in the UK and over here we can't get further than 6.48 miles away from any road.
 

TroubledTalent

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Aug 11, 2014
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I'd love to take my guy, but I honestly only rescued him so that my missus would have someone that barks loud when something knocks on the door and I'm away.
I'll be able to take mitchell when I can take the missus but she is a dainty little thing and I'm a behemoth so the idea has been shelfed until we've got her kit she can carry or I get one of them 200L porter packs :p

 

Bishop

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Jan 25, 2014
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As Oscar's eyesight continues to get fail he's less comfortable up in the woods but give him an field with the smell of rabbit and will run himself ragged for hours. Now if we could just reach an understanding about sitting under the tarp after I've strung it up and not on it while I'm trying then setting up camp would be a breeze.
 

Oliver G

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Sep 15, 2012
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Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but those who do take their dogs camping what is the normal sleeping arrangement? Do you bring a cut off from a roll mat and a cut off sleeping bag for the dogs? or are they generally warm enough on a leaf bed?

I'm thinking about going out local to home to test this when we are all released from lock down.
 

SaraR

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Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but those who do take their dogs camping what is the normal sleeping arrangement? Do you bring a cut off from a roll mat and a cut off sleeping bag for the dogs? or are they generally warm enough on a leaf bed?

I'm thinking about going out local to home to test this when we are all released from lock down.
I've got a Jervehiet dog bivvy bag (Jervehiet website) with an internal close cell foam mat and a primaloft insert sleeping bag. I normally take the outer bag for longer day trips so that they can rest out of the wind and somewhere dry. I use the sleeping bag insert on a normal foam mat when we're sleeping in the tent. Both dogs (7-8 kg each) share a medium bag. Ours don't have a very protective coat, their fur is more like hair, so I need to keep them dry or moving, which can be a challenge at times.
 

Damascus

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i have a cut down thermal mat, however he much more prefers me, that’s laying across me, many a time I’ve woken up feeling paralysed in the legs to find a springer, snoring ha ha!!
 
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santaman2000

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I don’t usually take anything special. If she gets to hot she’ll dig to cooler earth. If t’s cold she’ll usually either snuggle in with me or burrow under straw.

However the DOD before last NEVER got cold. She was a timberwolf/malamute hybrid and was comfortable down to sub zero farenheit. She suffers greatly in warm weather though. I expect most people’s mileage is going to very greatly with the dog breed.
 
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