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How to tame dog snowboard
You've been dreaming about that "one" day when you make an end-of-summer powder snowboard trip and bring your dog along. While you're a diehard snowboarder, the thought of being in the mountns with a dog may have crossed your mind, but you quickly dismiss it. Dog riding is taboo.
You'd do anything to find yourself on the slopes with your dogs. But this won't happen.
The best thing for you to do is to ignore the naysayers and get your gear together. If your dog is willing to go on a long day hike, then there's no problem. After all, you've been doing that for years. But when you're planning to camp on the slopes and spend days on end with a 40-pound German shepherd, I think it's safe to say that you're not camping.
It's not just the size of your dog, either, it's the amount of food you're going to be hauling around. That's way more than you'll ever haul on a day hike.
You have no doubt heard of snowboarding with dogs in your neck of the woods and figured that it was a bunch of nonsense. After all, it's not legal, and I've never seen it in any magazine.
That's wrong. It's happening, and it's legal in some places.
I've even ridden with my dog. I've seen pictures, and I don't think it's too big a deal. They call it dogboarding, and I know there are people out there who do it all the time. They say it's an excellent bonding experience, and I think they're probably right.
You might also see dogsledding, but that's a totally different story. Most folks who do that will have you riding with a dog and pulling a sled with the two of you. I can think of no more intimate way to travel, but in the winter, when you want to spend the day in a cold climate, it can get to be a bit much.
I think that dog boarding is an excellent idea for a number of reasons. Here are my favorite ones:
* First, and most obvious, is the physical challenge. There is no way I could do a day trip, and certnly not a week-long or two-week trip, with a dog. I would literally drop dead in my tracks.
* You can board with your dog in your own backyard. If you're not careful, your dog could eat you. This is probably what happened to the guy in Minnesota who tried to do the Great Minnesota Run with a dog on a long leash. Apparently, he got so far and so excited that he did a complete loop and started running at the spectators. He did that before he realized that he was running into a crowd and wasn't going to get away.
* You can travel with your dog more easily when he or she is boarding in another state, where the pet-care infrastructure is already in place. It's much, much harder to find boarders for you and your dog if your destination is across the country.
* Another plus is that the boarding facilities are already set up to care for animals, just as pet-grooming salons are. If I ever board Fido, I'll probably choose a boarding kennel because they'll already know how to feed and take care of a dog.
* I've boarded dogs with kennels all over the place and never had an unpleasant experience with them. It's just like a regular hotel, with the obvious exception of more animal care. I suppose if you have a problem with the food or the treatment of the animals, you should check that out before you board your dog, just as you'd check into a hotel. But most pet-care facilities do a great job and I recommend that you book and do business with one.
###### Part 4
# Moving Your Dog to the Land of Mud, Grass, and Sand
In this part . . .
"C'mon, boys! Move it!"
I'm not talking about the canine race. I'm talking about the canine journey. Moving your dog to the great outdoors, as any experienced canine parent will tell you, requires more work, effort, and patience than moving your dog into a high-rise condo, and the challenges are many.
But if you have the time and patience to go through the process of bringing a dog from the city to the country, you'll find that the rewards are fantastic. There's nothing like the satisfaction of bringing your dog home to his new home. Sure, there are some bumps in the road, but the effort will be worth it in the end. In this part, we provide the road map for your adventure. We give you some practical tips and tools that can help you as you drive your dog from the concrete jungle to the green earth.
## Chapter 5
# From Concrete to Earth: The Road to Grass
Your dogs get a lot of good exercise when they play fetch in the city, but you can take your dog on a different journey when you put him on the country roads. The challenge in finding suitable acreage is getting the land to your truck and getting your dog home agn. If you've done your research before embarking on this adventure, you shouldn't have many problems in getting your dog started on his journey to the country. But this is where your local knowledge and the experience you gn from reading this book come into play.
If your plan is to buy a parcel of land to put your dog on, be sure to get the acreage surveyed by an experienced land surveyor. Also, do your homework on the land. Find out about the local zoning rules. These are important if you want to find a property that you can build a home on. If you buy land just to turn it into a dog park or a golf course, this is a different thing. This is what you want to be sure of before you commit to buying. You will have to check with your local planning authorities to see what the zoning rules are and to find out whether they allow dogs on land.
The other thing to consider is the cost of a mortgage. If you don't have the cash, you won't be able to do anything on your property. So, if you're planning to buy a piece of land and need money to do this, you'll need to find a lender who will help you get financing. If you are planning to rse money through a mortgage, be sure to pay off your existing debt first. The reason for this is that you may need to use the money to purchase the property, so don't let your existing debts take up the loan.
You will want to pay for your land based on the amount of the mortgage. The mortgage is divided into several terms, and if you pay it off in stages, you will be able to buy a piece of land over time.
Be sure to take into account whether the seller wants to build on the property too. It may be that you are buying the land with the intention of building a house on it yourself. If you are buying land to put your dog on, the seller may want to keep the parcel in its current state, in which case you would need to pay extra. If the seller agrees to build a house, your cost will increase. However, if you are buying the land to turn into a dog park, the amount you will need to pay will probably be much less.
If you want a dog park to be successful, you will have to provide people with facilities and a place where they can come to enjoy their dogs