Episode 2 | Happy Tails and Happy Trails: Dog Safety and Etiquette on Trail
A few years ago I got bit by an off-leash dog while out on a trail-run. While the situation could have been much worse, it definitely increased my anxiety each time I passed a new dog on trail moving forward. As someone who’s always been nervous around large dogs, this was a huge discouragement. I knew I couldn’t possibly be the only person trying to navigate relationships with dogs on trail.
For owners trying their best, people who get awkward around dogs, and everyone in-between, I wanted to bring in a guest to help us make the outdoor spaces a little safer for both dogs and humans! So for Episode 2, meet Cora Minkis, Owner and Dog Trainer at Canine Connected.
Cora is a highly sought after dog trainer in Indianapolis, IN. She not only provides training programs for house dogs to have better manners and obedience, but also does bite-work, drug-detection, and other special skills for working dogs, including police and military units!
Whether you are a dog owner, dog lover, or dog-averse, learn how to better share the outdoor spaces with dogs in this expert interview.
In this jam-packed, practical episode, we'll discuss:
Dog and dog owner etiquette on hiking trails and outdoor spaces
How to have confidence when encountering an off-leash or stray dog (especially if you are afraid of dogs)
How to get started with training your pup
Manners humans should keep in mind when approaching another person's dog
What you need to know about training devices like leashes and collars, and why you shouldn't be purchasing these from a pet store.
Cora hosts free Pack Walks in the Indianapolis area, so be sure to follow @canine_connected to join the next one! To learn more about working with Cora through Canine Connected, visit www.canineconnectedllc.com
Some of the resources mentioned in this episode include:
Jay Jack's self-defense when being attacked by an animal: @grcdogsports
Walking Dog Training resources: @walkingdogtraining for walking, traveling, trail exploring and RV life with dogs
Prong Collar Recommendation: Herm Sprenger Prongs
2" Flat Collar with mental buckle
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