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|04-21-2014 03:03 PM|
|huntergreen||i thought 5 months would be a bit to young for hiking long distances.|
|04-21-2014 02:03 PM|
Originally Posted by Sp00ks View Post
Sp00ks, I see you're a NC member! I am a Johnston County girl born and raised! I miss that place!
|04-21-2014 01:53 PM|
Originally Posted by Swifty View Post
You can likely find it cheaper elsewhere. REI can be a little pricey.
|04-21-2014 11:01 AM|
Originally Posted by Tratkins View Post
|04-21-2014 10:17 AM|
Originally Posted by Mrs.P View Post
I thought so! Very nice!
|04-21-2014 09:31 AM|
Originally Posted by RocketDog View Post
Ahaha not Florida at all. This was mailbox peak, I believe, in North Bend. I love Florida but I do miss Washington an awful lot sometimes!
|04-21-2014 02:30 AM|
We introduced our boy this weekend to his new pack (totally empty for now). We got the Ruffwear L/XL purchased at REI for $80. He definitely has to grow into it but we wanted to introduce him to it early so he gets used to it. I love the nice handle on the pack that can allow you a better grip to help him on a tough climb. He is now 5 months and we have begun to slowly introduce him to hikes (just got home from his 3rd camping trip today)...mostly exploring and slowly walking the trails with him dragging a long lead. Our youngest human is 8 so we don't move too fast right now anyway. He is so cute on the trail though constantly looking back to make sure the WHOLE pack is together. He won't progress unless we are all together!
I am also considering boots since we are in the desert and a lot of our hikes/campgrounds have cactus everywhere (the tiny ones that stick out of the ground) and even to protect pads from the insanely hot asphalt here in the summer.
Our dog LOVES LOVES LOVES it! This weekend we went up to the mountains so he got to splash in some streams and maneuver around some falling trees ..and eat some bologna out of my pack! Just be careful and take it slow on your pup's first adventure and he will love it too!
|04-21-2014 01:23 AM|
|RocketDog||Mrs P, where was that picture taken? Does not look like Florida.....|
|04-21-2014 12:29 AM|
Hiking with my German Shepherd
I started my guy off around 7-8 months with an empty pack at most would be his poop bags. Then after a year or so he would carry two small bladders (I think they are .75 L each). We would take plenty of breaks and I would pack an egg or some other small snack and give it to him at the midpoint. Conditioning is very important -we didn't start with the greatest elevation gain
|04-20-2014 11:45 PM|
My puppy has been coming with me on hikes since I got him at five months of age. He's now eight months, and we do all kinds of terrain, short to long distance, various elevation gains. I really like areas that are more rocky since he has to think a little more in his navigating and the only way that they really learn how to use their paws is to have to use them! Obviously not forced by any means, but having to figure out how to get up a little rocky area helps him in my opinion.
First time I ever put a pack on him however was the other day. He's been more of a brat lately and wearing the packs which had a water bottle on either side slowed him just a bit and kept his brain thinking about the extra weight and how it shifts. Helped keep him focused on something lol. No hesitation at all in him going up and over rocks.
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