We have a family lakehouse on Lake Travis. Of course, our current condition is extremely dry and the lake is sadly drying up. Our dock has not been floating in water since sometime last year probably. Which is interesting because this particular community is prone to flooding usually.
Anyways, back to the subject of fishing with dogs. When we go fishing with Shiner, I have to be very careful with my bait and hook. She thinks the worms or whatever other kind of stinky bait we are using must be a delicious treat. Of course it's not, and there's a big hook under there. If she were to bite it that wouldn't be good! And then of course when we do catch a fish, she's interested in biting those too. Some of the catfish and perch that we catch have sharp protrusions on them that hurt.
Now for my cautionary tale on fishing with dogs... approximately 10 years ago, we were out at the lake fishing late at night. I was pregnant at the time so I was in the house playing cards with friends. My boyfriend and his friend came to the house in a sort of panic. Our friend had a cute pit bull puppy they had brought with them and he was standing there with a piece of fishing line hanging from his mouth.
I was in my Veterinary Technician college program at the time. My friend said he had swallowed the hook and asked me to take it out. I told him there was no way. He needed to go to an emergency clinic. I warned him not to pull on the string.
Poor pit bull puppy was driven to the nearest, which wasn't near at all, emergency clinic. He had his hook removed via an endoscopy procedure. But it cost a pretty penny, unfortunately.
|Lily's big catch a few years ago. Shiner is helping of course.|
While your dog may not act the same way with the bait on the end of a fishing rod, some definitely will including mine. Our childhood dog was a Shetland Sheepdog and she showed no interest in the stuff. But with Shiner, I never leave my rod and bait unattended and am constantly watching anyone else who might be fishing that isn't thinking about the dog.
So just a bit of advice from an unfortunate experience. I know more people are going to be spending time around rivers and lakes as it warms up. Some of you just might be fishing with your dog too and this isn't something that all dog parents think about. Especially if it's your first time taking your dog fishing with you.