Whether you are moving to Colorado or hiking a to mountain peak over 10,000 feet, you may be wondering if your dog can get altitude sickness. I became curious about this a few years ago when I was planning a road trip to Colorado with my small dogs. Article originally publishes August 2015 We planned to stay in Denver, Leadville, and several other high elevation towns. We also planned to … [Read more...]
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Planning to visit a National Park and bring your dog along? Do you know that there are a lot of rules about what you can and can't do with your dog in National Parks? While your dog is allowed to visit the park with you, they aren't allowed to hike or visit most of the sights in the park with you. Note: There are a few National Parks that are dog friendly but these are rare … [Read more...]
The thought of flying with your dog may send shivers down your spine; no doubt you've heard more than a few terrifying tales of fellow dog owners who've had disastrous experiences taking their pups along with them. Whether you are moving overseas, or are fortunate enough to take your pooch along with you on vacation, the process may seem intimidating. However, there are a number of tricks … [Read more...]
I've been searching FOR-EVAR for a backpack to safely carry a Dachshund around the city or on a hike. Note: although I was searching for a back for Dachshunds, what I found would be my recommendations for any small dog. Especially if they had back issues. I've seen almost every option available and tried several. Almost all of them cause a Dachshund to sit upright, definitely or … [Read more...]
How do you start hiking with your Dachshund? To quote Nike, "Just Do It!" Well, not so fast. It is recommended that you get your Dachshund cleared for exercise first by your vet to make sure they are healthy enough. But after that, yes, just do it. I've rarely met a Dachshund that didn't decide they like to hike. Is it Safe for a Dachshund to Hike? The short answer is yes. The little bit … [Read more...]
When your dog is your constant hiking or travel companion, there will be a lot of picture-worthy moments. The camera you are most likely to have on hand when you want to capture the moment - because it’s the only one you have or you forgot your “good camera” in the car - is your smartphone. Unfortunately, it can be a little tricky to get an Instagram-worthy snap or high-quality Facebook … [Read more...]
Taking a road trip with your dog is definitely an awesome and an unforgettable experience. It's also a great way to put some adventure in your lives when the weather is less than favorable. To make that trip a more enjoyable experience, keep these things in mind before before hitting the road with your furry friend. Plan Ahead When Taking a Road Trip With Your Dog 1. Motion Sickness Just … [Read more...]
I've been wanting to stay in a yurt with Chester and Gretel for a while. So when the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce contacted me and asked if we wanted to stay in one of the dog friendly yurts at Fort Steven's State Park, I jumped at the chance! Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River … [Read more...]
You wanted a hiking buddy with lots of energy and that was always excited to go when you are so you got a puppy. You can't wait to hit the trails with your new pup and introduce them to a life of adventure. But should you? Puppies shouldn't go on substantial hikes until their bodies have fully matured. This article is about hiking with your puppy but the same information applies whether you … [Read more...]
Although I chose to hike on a weekday afternoon to reduce encountering off leash dogs, I knew we might encounter one or two. Chester and Gretel are what you call "reactive" dogs - an off-leash dog running up to them, especially when they are leashed, scares them. I rounded the corner and saw two larger dogs, both off leash. Their owner was nowhere in sight. I pulled Chester and Gretel to the … [Read more...]
You're sitting around the campfire chatting with your friends when suddenly you realize your dog is missing. Maybe you hear barking, or yelling, from the campsite next door and realize your dog is over there sticking it's nose where it doesn't belong. Or maybe your dog has chased after a chipmunk and you're panicked because he's not coming when you call his name. Whatever the reason - … [Read more...]
Summer is here and you are looking for ways to spend more time in the outdoors with your dog. Camping with your dog is a great way to do that. It's like taking your life and moving it outside. Your dog will love exploring all the new sights and smells, it will help clear your mind, and it can improve your bond with your pet. There are several different ways you can camp and each one suits a … [Read more...]
Are you new to camping with dogs or have you done it so infrequently that you forget what dog camping gear you should bring? I've been camping with my dogs for years. I've gone through a lot of trial and error and have decided that there are 10 things I won't leave home without. UPDATED: May 17, 2021 This isn't an exhaustive list but it's our must-have list for every camping trip. To me, … [Read more...]
While I own and hike with Dachshunds, I've also researched other best breeds for hiking in the small dog category. There are a lot of advantages to hiking with a small dog so I want to help spread the word that they can make great adventure companions. The Best Dog Breeds for Hiking That Are Under 30 Lbs Jack Russell Terrier A post shared by Katie (@trustyourtrail) on Dec 15, 2016 at … [Read more...]
If you and your pup are looking to spend a few days outdoors in the Washington wilderness, but tent camping isn’t quite your style, cabins, yurts, and fire lookouts can be an awesome alternative. Known as "glamping" - or glamorous camping - this way of experiencing the great outdoors means you can commune with nature without sacrificing all of the comforts of home. Since the type of … [Read more...]
Updated: May 14, 2019 I've always loved photography. My mom was an amateur photographer when I was a kid and I remember sitting for hours looking at slides with her (yes, I'm that old). I started playing around with landscape photography when I discovered hiking. I switched to "landscape with pets" photos when I started this blog 5 years ago but, for the most part, I just stuck with the … [Read more...]
Search the internet and you will find that dogs on hiking trails is a subject that is hotly contested. There are very passionate voices on either side. I am of the belief, obviously, that it is ok for dogs to be out on the trails. However, bringing your dog along comes with great responsibility to both people and the environment. I admit, I did some things that weren't cool when I first started … [Read more...]
As you know, I'm all about hiking with dogs. I believe that almost any dog in good health can do it. However, it IS true that not all dogs can go the same distance or over the same terrain. If your dog has never been hiking before, you should start them slow on easier trailsand work your way up to more difficult hikes. Even dogs that love hiking and have been hiking for years have their limits … [Read more...]
UPDATED: April 13, 2020 I love all dogs and do not discriminate based on size. However, it's a fact that there are differences between small dogs and big dogs. First, some people wonder if small dogs can hike the same trails that big dogs can. I can assure you that small dogs are indeed capable of hiking long distances, sometimes over rough terrain. Next, people want to know why they … [Read more...]