Should You Take Your Dog Ice Fishing With You?
Maybe this is you?
Man’s best friend. Joining his master for one of his master’s favorite activities. Man’s best friend decides to snoop around another fish shack and grab a snack to chew on. That fisherman gets pissed off. Master gets an earful from the other fisherman.
If all or part of that paragraph sounds like you on the ice, you may need to reconsider bringing along the dog on your next ice fishing trip. I tend to think that most outdoorsmen are generally nice people with tendencies to enjoy a dog on the ice saying hi to the neighbors, but it isn’t fair to assume that. The ice is as public for you as it is for me, and everyone needs to respect that.
Things it is not okay for dogs to do:
- Bite, grab, lick, hump other people or their possessions
- Pee or poop near other people
- Bark at or intimidate people
- Anything else that really disturbs other fisherman
To keep your dog from doing anything disapproving, try bringing along some of his favorite toys, bones, or some treats. Just like taking a kid fishing, you will want to keep your dog occupied.
You should also have a place where your dog can lay down and not be in contact with the ice or snow. Bring a rug, mat, or something they can lay down and stay warm. Having this spot will help keep the dog calm, instead of restlessly walking around.
If you can control your dog in a calm, easy going manner, and keep him near you most of the time, you will be just fine. You should be happy to bring your dog with you ice fishing. Your dog will love getting away from the house and exploring new territory with his master. And you will have your buddy with you to enjoy the experience with. Just don’t let a positive experience turn into a nightmare.
Good luck fish’n
Brad – @SonarFish
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.