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Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby cheeseburglar » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:12 pm

My top 10 reasons I hike with my dogs off leash.

10. Doesn’t need to carry water, just drinks the natural water.
9. Doesn’t need to carry food, just eats mice, marmots and pikas.
8. Is extremely enthusiastic to get up in the morning and go.
7. Motivates me to move faster by running 10 times the distance I walk or run.
6. Keeps bears and mountain lions away.
5. Instant assessment of other hikers based on their reaction to my off leash dog(s).
4. Protects my child from people (and wildlife).
3. Keeps marmots away from my campsite.
2. Doesn’t ever complain. No matter what.
1. Warm fuzzy feeling of breaking leash laws.

Dog owners, chip in and explain to the public why your dog(s) hike with you!
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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby DaveSwink » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:17 pm

Sigh....wrong forum. This belongs in Pet on Peaks or the Obvious Trolls forum. [-X

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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby cheeseburglar » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:32 pm

No, waggy puss.
It's a safety issue.
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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby tlongpine » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:54 pm

It is a safety issue.

If I fall in a well, err... mine shaft, I want Lassie to go for help. If Lassie's on a leash then we're both in the shaft. And that's good for nobody.

Seriously though, this argument again? There are a dozen threads on this topic, none with any resolution.
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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby scalba123 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:29 am

I'm so sick of dog owners trying to justify their selfish beliefs. This site has gone strictly to the dogs...

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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:33 am

scalba123 wrote:This site has gone strictly to the dogs...

:lol:

Come on, cheese probably just had a few and made a late-night post to stir the pot.
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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby lordhelmut » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:55 am

6. Keeps bears and mountain lions away.


As well as a$$clowns who are too uptight about dogs.

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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby Neil » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:00 am

Cheese, you forgot a few (from personal experience):

11. Keeps all hikers alert by tangling its leash around large rocks, thereby pulling them loose and trundling them onto humans.

12. Tests group dynamics when the dog and its owner get stuck on difficult terrain on descent while other two group members wait below and storms build.

It really is a safety issue, even when dogs are leashed. On 11 above, I missed having my leg broken by a split second because a leash ripped a boulder loose not 100 yards from the Fletcher TH. Love dogs, but they have the potential to injur people on the mountain, whether leashed or not, and whether in the dog's group or not. Because your hike with a dog is without incident does not make it safe.

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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby bonehead » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:29 am

cheeseburglar wrote:5. Instant assessment of other hikers based on their reaction to my off leash dog(s).

Yepper!!

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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby Floyd » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:42 am

Neil, another perfect reason to have the dogs OFF-leash. Having them on-leash and letting them run free just sounds silly and lazy to me.

Cheese, excellent post. You forgot that boulder hopping is much safer off-leash. They can pull you off rock causing a broken leg or worse if on leash. But yes, the best part is your "#5. Instant assessment of other hikers based on their reaction to my off leash dog(s)." Oddly, I've never actually ran into anyone off a forum (including rangers) that has a problem with my off-leash dog. I wonder why that is????
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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby colokeith » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:32 am

This is obviously a troll post intended for fun, but I am going to give a serious response.

I have two dogs that I hike with regularly. I don't take them on a lot of 14ers because they weigh 60lbs, and I don't feel like carrying them out if they get hurt. I have done easier peaks with them.

One of my dogs is fantastic off leash, she stays near me, and has 100% recall. She will stop on a dime even if chasing a squirrel , dog ... If she is on a leash she pulls and is generally annoying.
My other dog is very well behaved on a leash. I tie him to my pack and barely notice he is there. Despite two years of work he has poor recall, and I cannot trust him off leash even on remote trails. So my point is that hiking with dogs off leash is very dependent on the dog, and the relationship the owner has with that dog
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Re: Top 10 reasons to hike with a dog

Postby milan » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:42 am

Most importantly they are an emergency source of food. You get stuck somewhere, get hungry, instead of eating another group member you start with his dogs :) . Even better if they are hot.

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