Post # 1
For those of you who go hiking with dogs, do you ever go by yourself? I usually try to go with DH or friends but it has been getting more difficult to find a convenient time. Do you think it is safe to go by myself? Also I will be having a baby soon and will be off for some time and would like to be able to take my two dogs hiking instead of always waiting for someone.
I’m just nervous and you always hear those horror stories. I’m worried about my safety and having backup in case anything happened to my dogs. What do you think?
Post # 3
I never even think of this and my FI and i have been known to take our dog on an 80 minute hike on occasion. Usually an hour walk is the standard.
I dunno, i always bring my cell phone so if something happens i can at least try an call someone. Just let your hubby know you are leaving and then text him when you return? If he doesnt hear from you then he should get concerned?
Post # 4
I would say it totally depends on where you are hiking. If you go by yourself always make sure you have a cell phone (hopefully you have service there), enough water, a snack, and maybe a little first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to have some kind of ID on you. ALWAYS tell someone where you are going, when you leave, and what time you should be back.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
So long as you’re within cell phone range should something happen, I don’t see anything wrong with it. If you’re thinking horror stories in terms of bad people in the world, the dogs will likely detour anyone with ill-intent. And as for emergency type situations, so long as you’re prepared and have a way to contact help.
I hike all the time alone with my dog, I’ve never had a problem. It is a good idea to tell someone where/when you’re going and when they should hear from you again, just in case.
Post # 6
I have no issues going places with my two dogs, but they are both big dogs and usually intimidate people.
Are your dogs likely to scare someone off or at least protect you? That is one thing I consider when I walk with mine. I’ve got one big yellow lab, who is super friendly, and another that is a lab mix (with chow and who knows what else) that would likely hurt someone that messed with me.
I used to go into the woods by myself years ago when I geocached. I was followed off a local bike trail by someone (who definitely looked sketch) and I ended up taking off and running. Thankfully I knew the woods extremely well and not too far from where I was were offices/dealerships/other buildings. Other than being terrified, I had to call someone to pick me up, as the only way back to my car besides the woods was about a 5 mile walk, and I had to cross over the same bike path.
Post # 7
I hear you all about brining a phone, sometimes there is just no service. 🙁
@snoie- My dogs are harmless. They are only 55lbs a piece but my younger one thinks she’s tough and she’s supposed to protect me lol.
There was a 20yr who was kidnapped from a local hiking area last summer. Then one of my dogs fell through the ice, luckily I was with my father and we were able to show her the way out. And then in the beginning of the spring I took them on a bike path and there was noone but this really nasty guy who was going crazy at me because my dogs were not on a leash. I let them off a leash because noone was there and 2, they stay off trail and don’t bother anyone. But when this guy started going crazy on me I at least wanted them to stay off leash in case I needed their help. He proceeded to run up and down the path screaming at me for a good amount of time. It’s a couple miles in the woods and there really was no way out and noone around. And this was in an extremely nice neighborhood. So since then I haven’t been alone.