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Backpacking With Your Dog Paperback – July 6, 2004
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"This book is a gold mine of valuable information about taking yourself and your dog into the wilderness..." -- (Dave Musikoff, American Dog Packing Association)
...a concise, yet comprehensive guide which covers nearly every contingency... -- Colorado Libraries
Almost all of the information is applicable to day-hiking as well. Highly recommended. -- Dave Musikoff, American Dog Packing Association
LaBalle's expertise and enthusiasm make this book a must for dog-loving day hikers and overnighters alike. First Rate! --Susan Conant, author of Mysteries For Dog Lovers
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The best part of the book was dog's health checkup, signs of dehydration, paw hardening recipe etc.
Conclusion: If your hike lasts a day, the book is fine. If it lasts a week in the wilderness, your dogs will be in trouble unless you find some more information.
I've hiked extensively with our 2 Alaskan Malamutes and we use many of the tips that Charlene gives in the book. In fact having hiked as much as we had I often wish other hikers with dogs would read this book. Why? Because the book gives many good ideas for proper behavior & training of your dog outdoors. Things like being on leash, cleaning up after your dog, being controlled, etc...these are all things that make the experience of being outdoors more enjoyable for you, your dog, every other person and the wildlife.
She understands that the way the public sees people who hike with dogs is up to each of us - I have had the displeasure of being pounced on in the wilderness by a dog - I instantly had a bad impression of the hikers who called him back. Also, dogs left alone barking at camp - take your dog with you! It's so mean to leave the poor dog alone in a strange place anyways - I'd bark too! This is what gets trails and camps closed to those of us who are responsible!
So if you want to be a responsible 'dog packer' read this book and follow her advice.
See you on the trail!
Content information: 6/10
Entry level requirement: 1/10
The book seams to be intended for day hikes. The basics (checking the dog's health, choosing the right pack, outdoor etiquette, etc.) are excellently covered, but there is little info on how to deal with more advanced issues and some basic puppy training.
To start with, there is very little coverage on getting the dog used to difficult (slippery) surfaces and terrain, high elevation, walking on plates, etc., before actually getting on the track.
There is also no advice on how to deal with dogs that have problems on the trail (refuse to walk because of insecure footing, get scared, etc.). Obviously, the book is not intended to be a dog psychology course, but some tips on how to deal with 2-3 situations would have been nice.
The other issue i have with it is that there is no info on the more difficult hiking situations, like crossing streams, tent training, etc.
That being said, the book is worth buying, it's all you need for the basics. I'd recommend also getting the Hiking With Your Dog (http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Your-Dog-Trails-Backpacking/dp/1879415356/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1), for more advanced tips.