|Barked: Sun Jun 5, '11 2:56pm PST |
|First off, make sure dogs are even allowed where you're going and what the rules are. If you take him, you can't do anything or go anywhere where a dog can't.
Also, if hubby is against it, it's better to just leave him at home. If you can convince hubby to let him come, that's great, but don't push it.
If you do take him, get him in shape first! Dogs are just like people and need to be conditioned for this kind of stuff. If you get him a pack slowly work up his endurance with it. Dogs can safely carry about 10-25% of their weight if they have been conditioned for it first. Don't just slap a loaded pack on his back and expect him to be fine.
If there is a source of water where you will be going, bring stuff to purify it or boil it before using it, for both you and the dog. That way you won't have to carry as much. If not, then you will need extra water if you want to carry it or not.
He'll need more food during the hike, so be prepared for extra weight of that as well.
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