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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-15-2014, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hiking with my GSD?

I go on about 3-4 mile hikes and i would like to know if my 2 1/2 year old gsd can go with or will it be to hard on his hips? He always gets to go on walks around my neighborhood and he loves that. I just want to make sure the uphill and downhills of hiking is okay for his hips.
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Does he have bad hips? Any German shepherd would love to go on 3-4mile hikes. There is nothing wrong with it providing he doesn't have any major health problems.

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He has never had any signs of bad hips. He's in good health he gets his check ups as needed. He definitely tells you when he's tired of walking though
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My dog has been hiking serious mountain trails since he was four months. By the time he was a year old, his breeder was absolutely amazed at the amount of muscle he had put on.

Your dog will be fine. Enjoy.

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My 6 month old goes hiking with me. I'm sure a 2 and half year old would be fine since he's in good health.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input i can't wait to take him out on my next hike with me.
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I have taken mine on 5 miles quite a few times and 2.5 miles almost weekly til I tore my knee two summers ago.

Just watch for regulations -- I live near Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. The dogs are not allowed on trails in the National Parks but the National Forest is fine on leash. We focused on National Forest trails rather than in the parks.

I am hoping this summer I can get back to some walking, but now I will also have limits from my sheltie to think of.

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An adult, orthopedically sound GSD, in proper condition can easily hike 10-15 miles in a day. But you have to work up to it. Can't just start there. LOL.

Make sure to break when needed, have plenty of water and watch for sign of being tired. Have a good first aide kit. I would also bring some electrolyte supplements if you are going on anything longer that 3 hours, on top of regular water.


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When going hiking with your gsd or any dog, is there anything you can bring with you to help if your dog were to get bit by a rattle snake? Hopefully you will never have to deal with that but a just in case along with a first aide kit. My gsd has the rattle snake vaccine which is supposed to give you a little more time to get them to the vet.
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