Hiking with a dog?

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xiaoyan Li · Sep 23, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

i am thinking about getting a dog to start coming along. Please feel free to share any comments or guidance, or just discuss hiking with dogs.

Mikhaila Redovian · Sep 28, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 7,841

Hey Xiaoyan, 

That's a great question! I can't say that I'm truly an expert, as I've had to "borrow" a dog to hike with thus far. However, I've found the experience to be enjoyable! Especially if you're prepared and know the dog's limits, I think it's a really fun and rewarding way to go! It helps me to slow down and enjoy the trail, usually while my fluffy partner literally stops to smell the roses. So long as your potential hiking partner will enjoy a high quality of life when you're not on the trail, I'd say go for it! 

Ryan Over · Sep 30, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0


First post here.  Daisy and I have hiked 1100 miles on the Maine to mass. And the jmt. And roughly a month in Washington (250+miles)  She is an amstaff.  Roughly 62 lbs trail weight and 70 lbs apartment living. She has a medium sized rough wear pack in which she carries no more then 20% of her body weight.  I have a big tin of bag balm for her paws.  No sissy ass booties.  Her trail name is dishwasher.  Ergo i do not carry a bowl for her since we share.feel free to ask anymore questions.

Mikhaila Redovian · Sep 30, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 7,841


Wow! Daisy sounds like an awesome trail partner! Did you start her out hitting the trail young? What was the stamina building process like? Also, when you're at home, do you think she misses being on the open trail? I'm a huge dog lover and love hearing stories about adventures with four-legged friends! 

Alejandro Escobar · Oct 2, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0
Mikhaila Redovian wrote:


Wow! Daisy sounds like an awesome trail partner! Did you start her out hitting the trail young? What was the stamina building process like? Also, when you're at home, do you think she misses being on the open trail? I'm a huge dog lover and love hearing stories about adventures with four-legged friends! 

It is a great idea to take your dog hiking. VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DOGS LIMITOS. 

Jen Diorio · Oct 3, 2016 · Staten Island, NY · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0

Hiking with a dog is the only way to hike! My chocolate lab loves coming on day hikes with me. When i first got him (adopted him at 2 years old) i took him to obedience training classes, and then a summer of agility class (off leash obstacle course). It really created a strong bond between us and i am very comfortable when i take him out hiking or camping with me.

Thom Herold · Nov 7, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0

I would be an over-weight, couch potato if it wasn't for my dogs. Joey past away 12-7-2015. I still have my 11 year old Irish Setter and, since have gotten, a 10 month Irish Setter to keep me active. I would not want it any other way.

I estimate that Joey (Golden Retriever) and I have hiked/walked well over 12,000 miles in his life-time (that's like 5 x across the U. S.). I stay away from areas with poisonous snakes, heavy tic infestations and very rapid rivers. I always bring water (a collapsible bowl) and healthy food for the both of us. Do not feed them too much before or during the hike (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus Syndrome). On long hikes I bring a tent in case we get stuck in a downpour. I try to hike early in the day (cooler). I also stay in the woods a lot. I keep him away from the jellyfish on the beach. National Forrest do not have leash laws. National Parks don't allow dogs. I bring electrical tape and duct tape in case of emergencies (mostly taping cut paws). Also a pair of scissors for things that get stuck in their hair. 

When I camp, I just make sure they wont get cold at night

Namekian Piccolo · May 6, 2017 · United Kingdom · Joined 21 days ago · Points: 0

Having a companion to your way is a great idea aside from a real person who sometimes skips the radiance of Great adventures. A dog, for example, is great like Mikhaila and everyone else here who agree with this idea I think it's a "good to go " having them to enjoy the road.

Nadja Turner · May 7, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined 18 days ago · Points: 0

I have an 1963 airstream trailer and are planning to travel with my 2 dogs (Nikita wolf-hybrid and Miko pit-boxer)  if everything works well for 6 months to as many national parks as I can. My only concern is that my pit-boxer is very dog aggressive and a big hunter. Not sure what I should do. Any recommendations. It would be also great to travel with some people that are into hiking as well

Courtney Finn · May 8, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined 17 days ago · Points: 0

My GSD and I go hiking all the time. She loves it and has a high prey drive. I hope to go camping with her soon. She's still a pup still I try to keep it to less than 5 miles but we're working on it.

G.D. Punk · May 8, 2017 · Knox Vegas Tn · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 87

One thing I would like to add. I hike sometimes with my Chihuahua/terrier mix who is as friendly as they come, but with another male dog, there's no predicting whether they will get along or not. I ALWAYS keep him on a leash but unfortunately many pet owners do not. More than once I have had an unattended dog come up from behind me. Occasionally they get aggressive with little Pedro. 

The most recent time I had this problem I nearly had to fight aggressive dogs owner, who didn't see what happened and didn't believe me when I told him.

Keep your dog leashed. For their safety and Pedro's too. 

John Toepfer · 7 days ago · Buena Vista, CO · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 50

Dogs as trail partners are great.  I understand both sides of the leash/no leash argument.  On a difficult trail a leash can be hazardous to the dog and to you.  Dogs can also be more aggressive (protective of their owners) if they are on leash.  Usually, dogs off leash will just sniff and move on, play, or just avoid another dog.  Sometimes it's the demeanor of an owner that determines the behavior of their pooch.  Teach your dog to "leave it."  If they're well trained, it works for other dogs, people, wildlife, fresh deer scat or horse droppings.  But if you choose to let them off leash, assume that at some point you'll deal with the consequences of that.  My hiking partners and I carried a dog down a mountain (no trail) and about 3 miles down the trail after she found a porcupine in the willows above timberline.  She had a four-hour emergency surgery to remove quills that were very close to her heart and lungs, as well as embedded in the muscles of both front and back legs.  But the owner still hikes off leash with her.  His choice, and they're both happy with that.  My decision has been to hike on leash on heavily trafficked trails, especially if there are bikes.  In backcountry I let him go, but he has very good recall, check-in, and leave it.

To Nadja - National Parks don't allow dogs on most hiking trails.  They'll have to stay in the trailer, so beware of heat.  Also, everything I said above is moot if your dog is dog-aggressive.  It must, in that case, be under physical control (leashed).  Also, if it has a high prey drive it might chase a deer or other wildlife for a considerable distance, stressing the animal which is illegal, and it might get lost, too.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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