I'll try that as well. Nige already chewed through a bit of his. When we walk passed this darned male Shepard mix that is always left outside, unattended, off leash, in the yard that backs up to open space trail, Nigel spins around and catches his leash or his easy walk in his mouth. It takes a second for me to calm him down and have him sit and shake for a treat or to just keep walking while I stare the dog down and tell him to go home.Hopefully that makes a better fit.
Hey Shaye's Mom,
I have a sm/m easy walk for Nigel and it works wonders. With his martingale he pulls like the dogs of hell are at his heals. I have yet to get the thing sized properly, but it is still better than anything else I've tried. I've noticed little lumps that I assume are from chaffing in his front "arm" pits. There is a large one on the left (I usually walk him on my right side so this makes sense…) and a very small one on his right. I get the thing to where it looks to be appropriately sized, but when we walk, he is CONSTANTLY sniffing and dips his head down. This makes lots of slack on the chest strap and brings the belly strap and top strap really far forward. I think that is what is causing the the chaffing. Any advice? Thanks a lot.
Sounds good! I'll check w/the vet, it soundslike putting super glue in cracks on feet and hands. I'll also look into something to keep him warm. I used to guide down in s Utah. I love that area. Everything east of Capital Reef onto the eastern slopes of Boulder Mt. Kicked around in the San Rafael Swell and down s Cedar Mesa during my off time. Beautiful area. Thanks agan.
We did a 4mile walk when I got back from work at 7am, then a nap on the couch, then a 6.5mile bike ride followed by, you guessed it, a nap on the couch, then a hike for just over 4miles. We both had some food then slept for a few hours before I went to work at 10:30pm. Nigel went happily into his crate. I assume he snoozed the night away.
We took it easy today. Just a 3 or 4 mile walk along the St Vrain river. Snow is on the ground, we'll see how Nigel likes that when he gets up! Thanks again all. I will oblige and slow the pace for the little fella. He seems to love the activity and certainly doesn't lag behind.
Finally got it! Thanks AJ's human! The quality is probably pretty poor. It's from my cell phone and I think they had to be pretty small to get below 97.7kb. I'll upload some more later. Thanks everyone.
On a side note, I don't think Nigel is used to the amount of exercise he is now getting. I've noticed his little paws are getting raw. Two pads had little spots of blood after about 15miles of hiking/walking. Any tips/treatments or should we just take it real easy and walk on soft surfaces? Thanks a lot.
Not sure if this will work, but I've posted three videos of Nigel on the site above. He is a fantastic lil' guy. I can ride my bike with him. He did great his first night by himself. No accidents, he marked the couch when he first got here, but nothing since. He goes for three walks and a bike ride/run per day. We usually nap two or three times.
His stools are loosening a bit. I feed him about 1 3/4 cups of California Natural Lamb and Rice per day and he gets Wellness venison treats when he's a good boy (which is very often…) Maybe this will work itself out. He's still in "tranistion" mode, although he seems pretty darned happy.
He tried to jump in the shower with me twice today. So much for not liking water and he brings back every toy that gets thrown and drops it in front of me. He's definitly a lil' velcro dog right now.
Two of his toes are a little raw from the pavement I assume. They don't seem to bother him, but they are less calloused and more pink/red than the others. Any tips or fixes? Thanks all. I could not be happier. Nigel is a perfect addition. Colorado Basenji Rescue (Peggy Schifflet) has been a wonderful help/matchmaker.
Nigel N' Greg