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Old 02-19-2014, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So this weekend, I am planning on taking a nice trip to a local park OP Schnabel to do some "hiking". The reason i keep quoting hiking is because it's more of trails and I guess some hills would make it hiking but I don't know! Haha. But anyways I'm really excited but I want to be safe. This is my first time hiking with her and I just don't want to over work her or not get her enough exercise ya know? She is 6 months old and very energetic all the time (I walked her 2 miles yesterday morning and 2 miles last night and she is still a landshark!). I recently bought her a backpack that I put four tiny cans of evaporated milk to add a little weight when she walks, but I don't use it all the time because like I said, I don't want to overwork her. I was wondering how much should I expect to get out of my dog? A Hike for 3 hours? Or a much shorter hike? And if it is safe to use that backpack to help tire her out a bit more. Thanks! Oh and here are a few pics!
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've hiked my dog for HOURS before, she's 6 months old and has gone as far at 6 miles with a large elevation and in the snow- that being said I know my dog very well and I know when she is tired. They will all have there own limits. I never push her to do more then I think she can. Also I wouldn't hike your pup with any weight at all especially if you are going far, I learned that from the forum (I'm guilty of doing the same thing)

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Old 02-19-2014, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't add weight. But hiking is fine. I take my 6 month old on trail walks for hours and she loves it
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Have fun! I agree with no weight in her backpack, but you should take a small backpack with water, treats, and her favorite squeeky toy. Will she be off leash? I started my pup at 4 months old at our off-leash area with flat "hikes" of about a mile. He, however, went about 3 miles with running around and sniffing. He didn't show he was tired, but fell asleep immediately when we got in the car. He is 10 months old now and we're up to 6 mile hikes with steep hills and snow. Hiking is great fun!
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Ok so no weight on her sounds great! Oh yeah I will take a TON of pictures I'm not sure if I can walk her off leash but I probably can't
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If off leash, you may walk 2 miles, the dog goes about 6 with all the zig-zaging. Where safe to do so, off leash walking is great fun for the dog. You can sit at times & see if the dog needs a break.
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Just looked up the website for the park and it is only leashed dogs :/
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I did lots of 2-4 mile hikes last summer with my pup. I didn't add weight though. This summer I'm going to let him wear a backpack and carry some water, but we'll build up. He will be 1 in April.

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Old 02-20-2014, 09:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Would leash hiking be okay still or should I really find somewhere where it is allowed? Texas is kinda strict on leash laws from what I hear. I might put a backpack on her but with nothing on it just so she gets used to having it on her and doesn't freak out when I do put it on later.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Off-leash is best for complete physical tiredness. But, you could use a long line for a leash. She'll be able to run around a little more but still be leashed. If she pulls too much on the long line, you can just stop to show her you disapprove of pulling and she can't go anywhere until she gives slack in the leash.

There are plenty of posts here about nice leash walking. Start out right by not letting her pull. She'll get a real kick out of a "sniff" walk and you won't get a ticket!

Others may chime in -- but I wouldn't use the pinch collar for this. Get a martingale if you're worried about her slipping the collar.

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