What we're about
Welcome to The Original Hiking with Dogs.
Hiking With Dogs is free and open to every dog-lover, but It runs on donations. You also are required to read this page fully. 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.
*Post a Picture of you and/or your dog, Put Your's and Your Hikers Name in Your Description. -Bring a Leash-
We hike every Sunday, if you don't see an invite in your mail. Check the site. Sometimes not everyone receives them.
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!
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. Most hikes are 2-2.5 hrs long....
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.
Donations: 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
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.
Think Joint Care. Everyday. In Every Way.
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: No one recomended at this time.
Good Reading: The Whole Dog Journal, This article on big pet medicine https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-05/when-big-business-happens-to-your-pet
Advice for the Trail: Things to look out for:
* Dogs run ahead to the front 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 between the toes.