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Welcome to The Original Hiking with Dogs.
Hiking With Dogs is free and open to every dog-lover, but It runs on donations. This group is for anyone who wants to be outdoors in the company of dogs. Hikes will be setup in the Eastern part of CT. It's a fun group, like anything it is what you make of it.
Please put your Hikers name and Your name in your description. -Bring a Leash-
A sure way to loose your dog, start a search mission, upset the host, is to believe that your dog saw you. Never do that! Get some secret code going with them that ensures that they see you. Pet them on their head, say there name, etc - every time they come back to check on you. No dog is too old or smart to get lost. I catch mine going in reverse every few weeks, know where they are at all times.
We hike every Sunday, if you don't see an invite in your mail. Check the site. Sometimes not everyone receives them.
Anyone who has suggestions of hikes that are in out of the way places so we don't irritate people with our off leash walks please let us know!!
Anyone who would like to organize a hike/gathering at a favorite location or at a special time is welcome to send us a request. There should be parking for 20, If its a sunday hike. Less if its another day.
Anybody taking there dog on a vacation or day trip, etc and wanting to post pictures feel free. Post them to the latest hike, we'll leave them up for a week or so, or more, You just never know!
Hike Description's: As Fred says "it ain't shopping with dogs" All the hikes have hills, its ct not vt, but peoples interpretations vary with all the variables. The Hikes have a stated start and stop time, and different trail characteristics. So to help you, we've got a vague system that tells you what the Hikers will be doing after the hike, to compare and measure it all.
Half Napper-Full Napper- Definite Sleeper! 1/2 the hikers will be napping, all the hikers will be napping and everybody will be sleeping!
If you have a medical condition and you need a better description definitely contact any organizer and we will tell you our interpretation. But we are all in agreement that we don't want to scare anybody away by saying a hike is hard. They are all basically the same just longer in length which is reflected in the time allotted.
Operating Principles - please read.
We really want to keep this dog hiking group fun and loosely-structured but under control. Here is a "charter" of sorts that we operate under: (we are not professional dog trainers, that's them other guys) We are just out for a good time... !
Every human hiker is solely responsible for their own dog. It is not the responsibility of the organizers or the other hikers to find your dog for you if he/she gets lost. That said, we have always - and will continue to - help search for any wanderers. But the final responsibility is yours; please keep your dog on a leash if they tend to run off and not come back. This seems to happen to first timers, no matter the hiking experience of your dog. Keep your eye on him/her closely your first hike.
Please have a collar, name tag and cell number on it. Carry your cell phone.
We are primarily an off-leash hike meetup; any fines for not being on-leash in a state park or any where else are the responsibility of the dog's owner, not the organizers. You are welcome to keep your dog on a leash, some people do.
This meetup is open to all sorts of shapes and sizes, temperaments and dog breeds, from different backgrounds. It is your job to understand this. It is a very fun and friendly group, but please remember it is filled with lots of teethe! It is your job to remember to keep your dogs fun at a normal, respectable un-instigational level...who knows what sets who off...It is not recommended to allow your good friend to get him or herself into a situation that may prove painful in more ways than one...or worse. Even if it looks innocent and fun. Please respect and understand the breeds your hiking with. They are all different.
Hiking with Dogs Meetup is mainly for our four-legged friends to socialize with other dogs, although many human friendships and bonds are often formed among the owners. Camping, paddling, playing cards etc with dogs is all good. The group is what you make of it...We have dogs from 5 lbs to 150 lbs on any given hike or function. And yes they mainly get along and like each other. lol
The first time locating our hiking spots is not easy. - We hike off at 10:00 am with no regrets! Please set your schedule to arrive at 9:45 a.m. or 10 minutes earlier than that! Organizers and the group may decide whether to wait or not, if - you call or text your lost. Dogs waiting around in a pack tend to get jittery and at times boisterous with each other. So plan your trip accordingly. We try to keep the problem to a minimum. Dogs full of energy- do not take to sitting idly while we wait. Please look at your directions the day before and call or text if you are unsure. :)
Good Hikers aren't born their made, but
The actions of your dog are solely your responsibility: They should respect their fellow dogs and any others that we see... Please correct their behavior, we want you and them here. Keep your eye on them.
Humping is not now, nor ever will be tolerated. If you allow your dog to be a humper, you may find yourself not being a member.
We who put the meetup on can not see all that happens on the trail, It's not our job to break up dog antics, but we do try. It's fully your responsibility to make your dog be-have. With that said - they're dogs! They are in a friendly environment on our hikes and problems and all weird things work themselves out in a hike or two. Come and enjoy the show, and show your buddy a real good time!
HWD is free. But the web site is not and to put on functions is not free either. All members are asked to make a yearly suggested donation of $20 per household, organizers included, to keep the group running. This will cover the expense of the site, plus money for chips dips and bones, no alcohol (byob) for a few small picnics. After the operating expenses ALL remaining monies at some point will be given as charity in the support of veterans and/or dogs in the HWD name. Please Contribute - Join the group, attend a couple hikes then please donate and donate again on your yearly 'member since' date. We would prefer that you donate thru the machine though cash is accepted. You get an email for your records when making a cash or electronic donation.
Hwd's supports United States Military Veterans and Dogs, Service Dogs and any combination of. Bring your input to Jones/Chet
To Contribute: From a computer go to the home page and the ''chip in'' button will be on the left side of our home page. From a phone use the Groups button and then go to HWD site. At the top of the screen is a red bar. Click on the three circles at the right side of the red bar. Use option ''view on web'' go to home page ''chip in'' button.
Arthritis Awareness: You can't tell who will get this and who won't. My feelings from past/present experience; It is much better to work to prevent this horrible disease, than to deal with it solely if it arrives. A good vet, who deals with active dogs, will tell you the same as below. I wish I had known, that's why it's on our home page.
An overworked joint that is inflamed gives the disease a foothold, because using an inflamed (swollen) joint is very damaging. But you can not tell its inflamed, till your dog tells you.
On the 8th day God did not create dog food. Buy good stuff. Real - healthy - food is a good extra in the bowl. Some dogs actually like vegetables. They all like meat.
10% less food and treats, keeps the joints - work load down.
Glucosamine/Chondroitin, Fish Oil, Less Weight, Low Impact and Being Active equals good joint health.
Help a healthy dog out of the car! (That is a very impacting thing to do.)
A coated aspirin with food, used as an anti-inflammatory before hiking really works. Though some vets may have reservations do to stomach problems and their pricier drugs. Jones takes a 325mg ecotrin brand aspirin. Ask your vet and/or research the mg dosage yourself. My previous dog took one for nearly 8 years as he got this dreaded plague at 4-5 years old. He lived to be an active 12-1/4 under vet care. Jones takes an aspirin as prevention on game days. If he were to get arthritis, he would receive what ever works to help him at that point in time. Vet care.
Stay limber and active and Off the Concrete. (Any hard surfaces are no good.)
Dogs that distribute there motion with all there joints are probably less prone to inflammation as say, dogs that walk hard. But who knows. Its a roll of the dice.
The purpose of the above is for all of us to be knowledgeable and aware, pro-active if we choose, and always - with our fingers crossed.
Canine Massage: www.tuckerstouch.com For those of you needing to work thru a problem.
Good Reading and Advice: The Whole Dog Journal
Advice for the Trail: Things to look out for:
* Dogs run ahead and then come back looking for their master.- All ways acknowledge your hiker when they come back looking for you or they will get nervous and really go looking for their master! - NEVER ASSUME THAT HE/SHE SAW YOU! Pet them on their head. That seals the deal. Or your dog will go hiking the trail in reverse and both you and them will be upset, including the host!!! lol :)
*Anybody New To The Area: Take The Ticks and Lyme Disease Seriously.
* Ticks, Lyme Disease etc. Get your dog vaccinated for Lyme Disease, use frontline, advantix and switch them every year. Lightly use a spray in the spring/fall. Spring and fall are the worst times. Check your self and your dog a couple times.
* Bees in summer. Especially ground dwelling bees.
* Hurt or cut paws from sharp rocks and terrain - broken glass.
* Keep your dog off the thin ice in winter.
Canine Pads should be very tough but pliable. They walk on everything in all weather. Most pads don't need much work, but you should check them from time to time, especially in the winter when they tend to dry out. If your Hikers paws feel like 40 grit sand paper, rock hard and dry...that's not ideal, they may be getting ready to split and put him out of commission for a bit. Try rubbing in some Bag Balm or similar. I use Vaseline, its cheap, easy, does the job and helps your hands, putting it on his. Don't over do it, soft paws are just as bad. Vaseline is also good protection against road salt and ice build up from the snow. Trimming the hair between his pads will help with ice build up too.
Nails: Dogs use there nails, some more than others, mine can extend his like a cat somewhat. They use them all over the trail, find a good length for your hikers and keep them that length. A length that gives him gripping power, but not so long that they grip and break off, the more gripping power- the more super power that they can become lol. Shorter the better. And if they do break off, protect the meat inside, they heal rather quickly, as the quick shrinks and the nail grows to cover it.
Contact Chet 203-824-2253 (voice or text on sundays and e-mail during the week) with any questions, concerns. We are out there to have a good time.