Today’s episode is with Jen, the dogmom to Tybee @tybeetotherescue, a super mutt heeler mix from Pennsylvania with some super adventures.
Jen adopted Tybee from a local rescue group Wags Rescue @wagsrescuepa, but originally Tybee was transported from Georgia after being abandoned during a hurricane along with the rest of her litter. Even though they have been together since she was a young pup, Tybee still has a couple of behavior and personality traits, as well as anxiety that Jen works on with training. Jen is very honest and open about the process through her instagram account.
Part of their training has included getting out and adventuring, on both local trails, and farther from home on a couple of road trips. Their first hike was a relatively easy one at Jacobsburg State Park, along a paved path. Jen found Muddy Pawz hiking club on meetup.com and was able to join group hikes. With more experience they began to branch out to bigger hikes like Trexler Nature Preserve with a nine mile (14.5km) trail around the park, and a network of smaller trails. Another local spot is a small mountain near Allentown, with a network of rocky trails, typical of Pennsylvania. And speaking of rocks, Bake Oven Knob is a trail they’ve done some rock scrambling on, which is a popular spot on the Appalachian Trail.
Further from home, they’ve visited Acadia National Park and hike trails in and out of the park. A couple favorites include Jordan Pond on Mt. Desert Island and Little Long Pond. For some awesome paddle boarding and lake swimming, they stayed at a lake house at Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes of New York. Another road trip recently included driving on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park as well as a number of hikes in the area.Recently, Tybee has shown some car anxiety issues, so they are currently working to train and overcome this. Fortunately, Jen reports that she has been having progress, and they look forward to doing some more road trip adventures soon!
One of the products they use, other than an e-collar, has been extremely helpful with Tybee’s training. Jen recommends the Transitional Leash from @k9lifeline. A few items of gear that she really loves are the Hurtta Extreme Warmer, @voyagersk9apparel Tummy Warmer, @threadzntails Fleece Cozies, Liebesband collars and leashes, @groundbird_gear harness and pack, and @whyld_river Doggy Bag.
Her shout outs go to her and Tybee’s adventure friends Gina and Maverick @mylifewithmav, fellow gear nerd Kat and Robin @robinventures, Opportunity Barks training @opbarks, Angela and her pack, including Tybee’s first bf Decker @herdingblake, and @sagenzara_duet.
Thanks for listening!