Our trails are in need of better etiquette

“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about whats happening in the hood” – Dough, Boyz n the Hood. Our winters in the mountains are awesome. Awesome and long. I love the snow, but honestly I think the pay off for eight months of winter is the glorious wild flower season, hiking in altitude,…

why I love to hike …

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”. John Muir Hiking is walking, but with way more dirt, and I like both. Sometimes I like to hike and explore the fauna, scat and tracks. Other times…

living with a dog outside of neutral – part 3

Mr. Toads Wild Ride, the first year – If I look back at my choice in dogs, I’m definitely drawn to a particular type. I like my dogs athletic and agile. I value stamina and endurance. I want my dogs to have opinions, fire in the belly. And most importantly, dogs that are great problem…

sunday hike …

Today was a sleep in day at home. This happens pretty much never. We just always seem to have something to do, or someplace to go, and frankly we’re all morning people, morning dogs! But there was something delicious about this cold and snowy May morning, and even the dogs were happy to stay curled…

Ready, Set, Hike! DVD

My Ready, Set, Hike! DVD launched this morning. It was produced by the lovely family at TawzerDog… A great way to start the day … more info ” Join Nancy Tanner, for a day of training and discussion, to prepare you and your dog for back country hiking and wilderness first aid … Ready, Set,…

Top 10 tips – training your off leash dog

We live in an area where the number one goal people have for their dogs is to have them off leash when hiking or in official off leash open spaces. Having a trained and reliable off leash dog is uber different than taking your untrained dog off leash and letting them run around. When you…

hiking tip #6 – special considerations

This is the final post in this series. Happy and safe hiking! tip #6 – Right of Ways – when you are out hiking with your dog always pull off the trail (as far as you need) to anything, bigger, faster, or louder. If in doubt, pull off the trail with your dog anyway, be…

hiking tip #5 – wilderness first aid

The best first aid tip I ever received was, “be prepared & prevent accidents with good choices”. And it should be just that simple. If you’re an avid hiker it’s a good idea to take a Wilderness First Aid course. So far my experience has been that they are all really fun, have great instructors,…

hiking tip #4 – your day pack

When hiking with your dog you don’t need a lot of gear, in fact I prefer lite hiking. But you should consider carrying the essentials if you are going out for an hour or more. The first step in prevention is being prepared. tip #4 a day pack – a simple top loader or a…

hiking tip #2 – essential trail skills

As in everything, it’s important to practice skills before you need them. Preparing yourself and your dog for an enjoyable and safe hike means practicing trail skills long before you ever hit the dirt into the back country. These are the behaviors we teach in our Ready, Set, HIKE! program. I believe all dog/owner teams…