Hiking etiquette with dogs

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What's your opinion of off-leash dogs while hiking?

Fine with me. I love dogs!
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12%
Doesn't matter to me if the dog doesn't bother me or others.
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29%
Only small dogs that aren't/don't appear threatening.
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2%
Its OK on low-use trails.
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20%
Its OK but I will brandish my firearm if I feel threatened.
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5%
It depends on if the owner picks up the poop or not.
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9%
Never. There's a law requiring leashes for a reason.
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Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by chumley » Mar 24 2009 10:36 am

There was a recent thread about rabid foxes and the threat to unleashed pets which got me to thinking about hiking with my dog. I have a yellow lab, who is by nature, a people-loving dog. His greatest threat to anybody is the ability to possibly lick you to the point of illness due to his bad breath. He's getting old and has always been a little bit lazy, so chasing rabbits, squirrels, skunks, and porcupines only lasts for a few yards before he comes back to me. He is always fascinated (but scared) of larger animals such as elk or cattle.

As a result, I frequently hike with him off-leash. This allows him to stop and sniff things while I continue my pace uninterrupted. I am cognizant of other people however and realize that not everybody loves dogs. If I encounter others, I always try to either put him on his leash or at least give him a "sit" command while people pass. I will always restrain him when we encounter other dogs (especially off-leash) until I've had a chance to talk to the owner and determine the demeanor of the dog.

I love to go somewhere that there's nobody else around for miles and miles ... but its nice to share that solitude with my dog. Often it is impractical to have him restrained, especially on trails that involve climbing or scrambling over obstacles.

So, what do you all think of dogs on the trail? I think part of my responsibility as a dog-owner is to try to understand the feelings of others, and while I have some ideas, it can't hurt to get more input.
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by Alston_Neal » Mar 24 2011 12:12 pm

:sl:
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by supai » Mar 24 2011 1:31 pm

Raise and train your dog right and we will have no problems. I have never had a problem with dogs on the trail sure they run up to you I don't mind as long as they are friendly. Maybe I am a little more comfortable bc I carry and if something attacks me it is the end for whatever it may be but as long as they aren't gnawing on my leg A OK.

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Post by Jeffshadows » Mar 27 2011 8:18 pm

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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by kingsnake » Mar 28 2011 7:45 am

Luckily the (naturally unleashed) dog which put its paws all over me yesterday was a friendly one.

Me: "Please call your dog."

She: "Do you have a dog bone?"

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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by Alston_Neal » Mar 28 2011 10:51 am

Jeez....Do you have a dog bone?
Wtf?
I take it you didn't see my post on wearing a porkchop as a necklace... ;)
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Post by DarthStiller » Mar 28 2011 11:07 am

@kingsnake

Was she hitting on you?

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Post by Tough_Boots » Mar 28 2011 11:10 am

@The Stillernator

there are so many things I want to write but I know they'll get deleted immediately... :sl:
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Post by PLC92084 » Mar 28 2011 11:25 am

@Tough_Boots

I see you've learned by our example... That Alston is such a bad influence ! :o

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Post by azbackpackr » Mar 28 2011 11:31 am

The Stillernator wrote:@kingsnake

Was she hitting on you?
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Post by Alston_Neal » Mar 28 2011 11:35 am

There are so many wise and knowledgeable people on this site that I feel like I might make a nice counter balance..
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by Alston_Neal » Mar 28 2011 11:38 am

:sl:
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by BobP » Mar 28 2011 11:40 am

Alston Neal wrote:There are so many wise-ass and knowledgeable people on this site
I fixed it for you :o ;) :lol: :M2C:
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by PLC92084 » Mar 28 2011 11:47 am

Hey Bob...

I'll bet Bruno is so well trained by now that even someone wearing a fillet-O-vest would be safe on the trail ?

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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by BobP » Mar 28 2011 11:58 am

Where do I start....he's a great dog that has eaten my plants,socks,a towel,webbing,his harness,the list goes on and on...Yet he has bones and toys all over. I've had him off-leash quite often. The only person he ever barked at was Richard(laz) in the Mazzies one time. Its probably because he speaks proper English ;) . He does pretty well off-leash if I've somewhat tired him out swimming earlier in the day. Fillet o vest guy would be approached and licked to death.
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by big_load » Mar 28 2011 12:01 pm

I've heard people say dumber things. I probably posted on the big dog thread that a woman once told me "don't worry, he doesn't bite". She told me that while she was looking at his mouth clamped onto my ankle.

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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by chumley » Mar 28 2011 12:03 pm

rlrjamy wrote:Fillet o vest guy would be approached and licked to death.
Yup. Death by licking. Bruno is definitely a yellow lab. : app :
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by kingsnake » Mar 28 2011 12:12 pm

Alston Neal wrote:I take it you didn't see my post on wearing a porkchop as a necklace
Nah, missed that one.

I'm friendly with dogs, I like dogs, but a dog should never put its paws up on a person without permission. A good owner would not allow that in their own home, let alone in public. Cesar would not be happy ...
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Post by Tough_Boots » Mar 28 2011 2:42 pm

kingsnake wrote:but a dog should never put its paws up on a person without permission.
Do you give dating advice as well? Cuz I always feel that asking can really ruin the moment. :oops:
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by Sredfield » Mar 28 2011 3:33 pm

Alston Neal wrote:I also recommend not wearing a porkchop as a necklace....imho. ;)
I was such a loner as a child my mama tied a pork chop around my neck so the dog would play with me.
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Re: Hiking etiquette with dogs

Post by Alston_Neal » Mar 28 2011 4:01 pm

Sredfield wrote:
Alston Neal wrote:I also recommend not wearing a porkchop as a necklace....imho. ;)
I was such a loner as a child my mama tied a pork chop around my neck so the dog would play with me.
and it's different now cuz?

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