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Old 05-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mobility support for hiking?

I got some bad news from the orthopedist. I was told I should not do any more strenuous backpacking trips and avoid steep inclines with heavy loads. Major bummer. I am cutting back on my expectations for trips, but I thought maybe I could train my dog to help me out on the trail for those moments when I am in over my head. Just having her carry some of my weight will help significantly, but I would also like to teach her how to help me up and down steep spots if we do encounter them. How can I do this safely? What equipment would I need? Do I need to find a professional to help me train her to do this, or is it something I could do on my own? My main fear is accidentally hurting her. General advice and resources also welcome. Thank you.
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