(Closed) Hiking with dogs

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I never even think of this and my Fiance 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
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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.

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