Dog Pack Hiking

dog pack hiking

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What is dog pack hiking?
Dog pack hiking is a day backpacking hike or overnight camping hike that you take with your dog.

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Video with IntenseAngler

this video is awesome. Provides a comprehensive look at the pack, gear and supplies you should take.

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Can any breed participate in dog pack hiking?
Any pure or mixed breed weighing 40 pounds or more makes an excellent hiker dog. However, small dogs may be able to trek along many trails just fine. They just have to take more steps to cover the same amount of ground, and may need help reaching areas that a larger dog can without assistance.

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Is fitness important for dog pack hiking?
Because hiking is more strenuous than walking, take an accurate assessment of your dog’s fitness level to ensure he can easily cover the distance and physical demand of dog pack hiking.

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What equipment should I take on a hike?

  •  Collapsible food and water bowls
  •  Self-inflating sleeping pad
  •  Hydration dog pack
  •  Dog vest or coat
  •  Dog booties

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How much weight is ok to load in a dog pack?
Healthy, young dogs can carry nearly one-fourth of their body weight. Some breeds can only hold 10 percent or less. It is essential to discuss the amount of weight your dog can transport with your vet before hiking.

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What dog hiking etiquette should we follow?
Follow the same rules of hiking etiquette you would without a dog, and also include these guidelines:

  • Leash your dog in case you meet a loose dog on a trail.
  • Keep your dog near you and controlled at all times.
  • Don't permit your dog to disturb wildlife or plants.
  • Stick to a limit of two dogs in your hiking group.
  • Grant right of way to hikers without a dog.
  • Clean up after your dog and yourself.

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Are there meet-up groups or clubs to help me started?
There are a wide variety of dog hiking meet-up groups around the world. Some include:

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