Blossom and I have spent the last few days testing out the Fi Dog Collar. The tech market's newest smart collar offers a variety of features such as GPS tracking, escape detection, lost dog mode, night time illumination and a fitness tracker.
Our Fi collar arrived neatly packaged with easy to follow operating instructions. I quickly installed the Fi app on my phone and was guided through the process of connecting the base to WiFi,entering my dog's information and setting up a custom sized safe zone for my pup.
The collar band comes in a variety of fashionable colors: pink, blue, yellow and gray. The metal buckle and remaining hardware have a brushed nickle finish. It is designed for the outdoors and has a IP68 waterproof rating. We have tested that feature out thoroughly during our dock diving adventures and give it two paws up.
The collar's big claim to fame is it's unmatched battery life. Depending on your pups activity level, the collar can last up to 3 months without needing a charge. This is significantly longer than other GPS collars currently on the market. After 3 full days of use which includes daily 2 mile walks and an out of town trip our remaining battery life is at 95%. So far, so good.
You can set the collar up to send notifications to your phone for a variety of reasons such as your dog has left his "safe zone" with another owner, a dog walker or all alone. I love that it calculates the time, distance and number of steps taken on my early morning walks with Blossom. This feature has really motivated me to meet Blossom's daily physical needs.
To gain access to the full capabilities of the Fi collar there is a subscription fee. The cost of the fee covers the GPS/LTE connection to the collar. Without a subscription, the Fi collar will still function - but if your dog wanders outside the range of your smartphone or Fi base, you will not be able to locate your pup. I highly recommend purchasing a subscription if you’re worried about your dog running off!
The Fi collar retails for $149.00.
Use my referral code 8QW9X6 when buying a Fi collar and get a free additional band with your purchase!
Blossom and I have quite a few hikes on the schedule now that the weather is warming up. I will be sharing our hiking excursions to provide you with some basic information in the event that you might be interested in doing some hiking with your canine companion.
Hiking is great exercise and enrichment for both you and your dog. It's the perfect time to practice foundation training such as automatic check ins and recalls. The overall experience will enhance your relationship. So get out there!
I prepared for our hike by packing a few essential items: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, a compass, mini first aid kit, human snacks, canine snacks, and water for the both of us. Wow, that's a lot! I ended up utilizing a canine backpack for Blossom to carry the supplies. I selected the RuffWear Approach Pack which I purchased from Amazon. It was roomy enough to fit all the items listed above and then some.
Yesterday, we hiked Lewis Creek Trail to check out Corlieu Falls. It was beautiful weather and the falls were spectacular. The trail head is just off Highway 41 in between Oakhurst, California and Yosemite National Park.
The hike is rated easy to medium level. There is a bit of an elevation change before the falls observation deck but nothing that we couldn't handle on our way back out. The trail is well maintained and at this time of year, uncrowded.
Dogs are welcome on national forest trails like Lewis Creek, provided you keep them leashed. I had Blossom on a 20 foot long line to allow her some additional freedom and stay in accordance with the law. Truth be told, most of the hike I dropped it and it was used as a drag line but in the event of a tricky situation it was there. Better to be safe than sorry.
Be on the lookout for our next hiking post when we hike Willow Creek Trail in Bass Lake, California next month!
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Dog Training for Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Bass Lake , North Fork
Yosemite Bark is excited to announce that our "Basic Manners" Dog Training and Canine Good Citizen group classes are now available on Sunday afternoons in Coarsegold, CA at the Coarsegold Community Center. Come learn the basics of dog training in a comfortable climate controlled environment.
We will cover all foundation behaviors such as "down", "stay", "come" and "leave it" as well as address common canine problems such as jumping, chewing and potty training in the Basic Manners Class .Enjoy an at-home online orientation so you're prepared for 5 weekly classroom lessons with your dog.
Our Canine Good Citizen class prepares you and your dog to take and pass the CGC test. The CGC test is given the very last day of this 6 week course and has 10 items that the dog must pass. The 10 items on the test are skills that every well-mannered dog should have, such as sit and down on cue, staying in place, coming when called, walking on a loose leash, calmly allowing petting, behaving politely around other dogs, and more.
Both classes includes weekly homework assignments, a dog training clicker and start up treats.
In home private training sessions are avaliable if you or your dog are not comfortable in a group class.
Yosemite Bark offers private training lessons in either your home or at Fresno Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. Private lessons are tailored to your training goals and your dog's specific needs. Besides teaching basic behaviors (come, down, stay, etc..) we can help with your dog's unruly behaviors like
We also offer behavior modification consultations for both dogs and cats. Behavior consultations are appropriate for pets with pronounced problems such as
Chronic Housebreaking or Litter Box Problems
The consultation process involves the owner completing a detailed history questionnaire from which the consultant will begin to devise a corrective program. We then meet with you and your pet either at Fresno Vet Specialty and Emergency Center or your home.
Teaching tricks to our dogs mentally stimulates them, builds their confidence and improves our bond with them.
In Yosemite Bark's Trick Dog Class you will learn basic tricks and how to build on them to create more elaborate tricks by luring, shaping, capturing and chaining tricks together.
Tricks you will learn how to teach your dog: Spin (clockwise and counter-clockwise), leg weaving, figure eights, paws up, say you’re prayers, shake hands, high five, wave, sit pretty, take a bow, jump through a hoop, touch, soccer/push a ball, shell game, wipe your feet, roll over and crawl!
You will learn enough tricks to earn your Novice Trick Dog Title through “Do More With Your Dog”.
Trick Dog Class is a 7 week course (appropriate for dogs 4 months and older) held at Pet Medical Center and Spa.
Cost is $165.00 which includes The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook, a clicker and start up treats.
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