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How to Hike with a Dog

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K C · · Unknown Hometown · Joined 9 days ago · Points: 0

Hi! I am looking to learn more about how to safely/properly hike with a dog! If you have experience, please let me know by answering any or all of the questions below. Thank you!

What is your experience with hiking with dogs? How long have you been dong this? Are you professional?
What types of terrain/locations have you hiked with a dog?

What are your recommendations for long-distance outdoor hiking with dogs? How to pick where to hike? Any favorite trails?
Breed? Age? Size?
How should the dog be prepared? Training? Etc?
What supplies do you recommend bringing? Any specific products or brands?
Do you recommend having a pack for the dog to carry? 
How much weight can a dog carry? 
What are the signs of heat exhaustion? Dog getting too tired?
How can the hiker ensure the dog’s safety and comfort? Red flags to watch out for – e.g. how to know when your dog has had enough and needs to rest, tips for avoiding over-heating, over-exertion, etc.
What if they come up on a wild animal like a bear or large cat - what should the hiker do?

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