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03-15-2014 01:32 PM
Cassidy's Mom Depends on the distance and how hot it is. If I'm going out after work for 3-5 miles and it's in the 70's I don't usually bring anything but my treat bag, which holds poop bags and my cell phone.

If it's warmer and we'll need water, but are not doing a super-long hike I wear a lumbar pack with two water bottles. It's this brand, but an older version: Mountainsmith Buzz TLS

The bag is quite small, but I can fit a foldable water dish, my keys, and a few incidentals, and the pack is very comfortable to wear. These are the water dishes I have: Ollydog inc. - Lapper

I didn't like the plastic bottles that came with my pack, so I replaced them with BPA free OTF Nalgene bottles - one for me, one for the dog. I put ice in mine, so the water stays cold:

For longer hikes I have Ruffwear backpacks for the dogs, and they carry our stuff. My dogs are adults, I wouldn't have a dog younger than 18 months carry any significant weight, and I'd start with an empty pack for awhile before adding anything to it. I have a bunch of 1/2 liter and 1 liter Platypus water bottles for the packs:
Since they don't have a wide mouth like my Nalgene bottles, I partially fill some of them (1/3 to 1/2 full) and store them in the freezer, then fill up the rest of the way right before using. I can do an 8 mile hike in warm weather and still have cool water by the end.

This is the treat bag I have: DoggoneGood!: Rapid Rewards Training Pouch

The main pocket is huge, big enough to put a ball, or tons of treats. There's a smaller pocket inside the main pocket, which is where I put my iPhone, so it's not in with the treats. There's also a front pocket where I put a paper towel and a couple packets of hand wipes, and two small side pockets. One is for poop bags, and I have a clicker and lip balm in the other. Love, love LOVE this bag! It does not come with a waist belt, (sold separately), but I had a spare one from an old treat back that works fine. There's also a clip on the back if you prefer not to use a belt, and a zipper pouch on the back where I put a trail map and a few bucks cash.

Here's Halo on our 8 mile hike yesterday:

03-15-2014 01:29 PM
RocketDog You won't kill him.

This thread and my post got me thinking; that first hike was actually 4 miles each way. The trail to St. Paul Lake lies on the eastern side of a high ridge, and being middle of October, it got dark rather early, but the sun dropped behind the ridge by 3pm, leaving it dark under the cedars for the return trip. We were camping but had driven aways to the trail head. It was also cold, (freezing temps) so we turned around just before the lake-- he probably did about 7 miles total. That was also the trip I first shot my Winchester .30-30 on with him. Didn't even faze him.

03-15-2014 01:06 PM
SARpup Well I went out and bought a water bottle with a bowl at teh end of it for Darius to drink out of. He seems to like it.
On our walk he laid down in the grass a few times and we rested then he got back up and we moved on, it was all flat walking in neighborhoods, I wasn't out in the woods hiking trying to kill him! It was no big deal for me to stop with him and rest, I just thought it was odd because the last shepherd I had would have been wanting more then a 3 mile walk in the neighborhood!
When we got home Darius crashed out for about 30 mins then he got up and wanted to play so we played for a few then went to OB class. He is fine today, no issues, raring to go! I will take him out on a walk in a little bit to get him some exercise.
03-15-2014 09:13 AM
LaRen616 My Dalmatian puppy was doing 3 mile walks and off leash running at 14 weeks of age and then he did 4 miles at 16 weeks of age and he never plopped onto the grass because he was tired out. In fact, after our walks he still had energy but the Dalmatian breed has a lot of stamina and they were bred for running so that's probably the reason why.

There is no way my GSD would have been able to walk that much at that age, he only would have been able to walk maybe 1 mile and I would have had to carry him for the last 2 miles.

If your pup is tired and tries to lay down several times then you are overdoing it. He can't handle that much exercise at his age.
03-14-2014 09:34 PM
BowWowMeow My pups all were gradually conditioned to walk long distances. By 4 months Chama was doing all day hikes. She would nap during breaks. It did her no harm; she lived to be 14+ and really didn't slow down until she was well past 12. Even at 14 she was still walking 2 miles a day!

This is the water bottle I carry for my dog(s). I also carry a dog first aid kit and, if it is a long hike, some dog snacks.

Just noticed the dog in their advertisement is a gsd!

03-14-2014 08:42 PM
Originally Posted by Dainerra View Post
even at older than your pup, this is how Singe spent long hikes

Heh. When we took the pup for that first one, it was in October in Montana. It was a jaunt up to an alpine lake, and DH was fully prepared to carry him. Luckily, it was nice and cool, and we stopped to take pictures and have lunch. (I had brought him food too). He did fine, though-- partly I'm sure to the nice cool weather and the old cedar forest.
03-14-2014 08:29 PM
David Winners For the dog, I carry water (1/2 liter per hour in cooler temps, 1 liter per hour when it's hot), collapsible silicone bowl, first aid kit including a thermometer, a toy reward with a spare tennis ball, a muzzle, a spare 6' leash, cooling packs (if it's hot), and some treats.

If the dog wants to stop, we stop and recuperate. If the dog is done for the day, meaning it's a forced march and not an enjoyable walk, I carry it.
03-14-2014 08:05 PM
Dainerra even at older than your pup, this is how Singe spent long hikes
03-14-2014 07:56 PM
RocketDog I guess I was just thinking water needs.

What you carry depends on where you're going, what kind of "hike", what you will face on the hike. What kind of animals might you encounter? For me, I might see cougar, bear, coyotes, deer, elk, moose, turkey, bobcat. The list goes on. I've encountered all of those. Your preparation will depend on you. But at the bare minimum I would take a rain shell, a little bit of food and some sort of spray.

But if you're just going on a hike in a city park, then you might have different issues, more suburban based. Plus, how long do you expect to be out? I have 4 different packs, for different lengths and different places.
03-14-2014 07:55 PM
NancyJ This pup is young so not so much. But I normally carry a small first aid kit, extra water (The Go DOggy drink is good) and before we leave, Beau is expected to drink some water which is "spiced up" with some small dog treats (it really encourages him to drink). AND I carry a couple instant cold packs. Since he actually works in the heat it can get hot and I have used them on him when we were on a ridge and no water was around for him to cool off in.
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