|Barked: Mon Apr 4, '11 12:39pm PST |
|You can also use BLM and Wilderness Area land as well as Forest Service for hiking with dogs. Just be respectful and don't take a dog that isn't ready for it (or keep them leashed.) One of the places I've been had a lot of anti-dog signs (even one warning people that technical rescue crews will NOT rescue stranded dogs, only humans, with a little cartoon of a dog falling off a cliff) because too many people bring untrained dogs that chase wildlife, bark at people, poop everywhere, and are a general nuisance. So don't be that person!
I don't really have a plan for rattlesnakes myself, because I've never taken a dog hiking in a snakey area. I don't think there is much you can do, anyway, besides get out as fast as you can to take them to a vet. A first aid kit is a great idea for minor owies though, like cuts and bee stings. I'd take alcohol wipes, antimicrobial ointment, maybe some dog-safe painkillers for wounds. (Bandages are pretty useless on most dogs.) Maybe booties for sore paws too.
I don't bring water for Bruno (or myself, for that matter) in mountains where there is lots of cold, clear, fast-moving surface water (my criteria for drinkability) and (knock on wood) no giardia for either of us yet. I'd bring iodine tablets if water quality was uncertain, and bring ALL my water from home if there's no reliable water sources on the hike. For his food, I take the most calorie-dense dry kibble (Origen, EVO, etc.) I can find so I don't have to bring as much of it.
have fun and stay safe!
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