What we're about

A group for people interested in dog friendly hikes in southern Arizona. All hikers welcome! If you are bringing a dog, he/she must be well socialized with people and other dogs. Most of our hikes are moderate and best suited for intermediate hikers. Occasionally there are easy hikes for those new to hiking and difficult hikes for experienced hikers. Most of our hikes occur September-April.

Some basic information about hiking with Tails and Trails:

-If you have RSVPed "Yes" but are not able to attend a hike, please change your RSVP to "No" as soon as possible. The more notice you can provide the better but RSVPs should be changed no later than the night before. If you have an emergency the day of please send me a message. Members that abuse this policy will be removed.

-You must be in control of your dog(s) at all times and they must be leashed when departing and approaching trailheads. Leashes should be a fixed length of 6' or less (if you use a retractable leash set it to a length of 6' or less). If you choose to unleash you dog(s) it must not disturb others.

-The most important equipment for our hikes is a small day pack to carry your water, dog bowl, snacks, first aid, etc. I prefer camelback backpacks but any small backpack will work. Hiking boots are also recommended.

-Bring 2-3 liters of water for yourself and an additional 1-2 liters of water for your dog(s). If you are not familiar with the amount of water you and your dog(s) need, err on the side of bringing extra.

-My philosophy as a host is that I am providing information about areas where you can enjoy the outdoors with your dog(s). I do not believe it is necessary for all hikers to remain in a group. If the trail is clearly marked and their are no intersecting trails I will hike at the pace suitable for the majority of the group. If requested, I will wait for slower paced hikers to return to the trailhead. Occasionally other members will host hikes and their philosophy may be different from mine.

-All hikes are done at your own risk.

Upcoming events (3)

Snake avoidance training

Raincrow Art Gallery

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training at Rain Crow Art Gallery Sunday, May 26 The Animal Experts and I will be holding a special training session for your hiking group. We will hold hour long sessions, starting at 7:30am, then 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am. There will be 6 people assigned to a session. When they arrive, they will pay for their training. The cost is $100/dog, however if someone has more than one dog, they will pay $90/each for the other dogs in the home. After payment is collected, I will do a short presentation of what to expect. I will then take dogs in the session one at a time for avoidance training. Some things to know up front: I handle the dogs, the client gets to watch. I use an ecollar (aka shock collar) to train all dogs. I also have a special small dog ecollar, which is lighter weight on the dog's neck AND is a lesser shock than my regular collar. The snakes are muzzled and handled by the Animal Experts and still contain their venom (which makes up part of their scent- so this is important!). If the client has snake phobia, they need not watch, though I recommend it IF they can hold it together! We use Western Diamondback and Mojave scent as well as snakes. For those that would like to participate, we are asking them to email me directly so I can assign a time slot. I also need to know how many dogs they will bring. My email is: [masked] We are asking for cash, check (made out to Animal Experts) or charge the day of training at the assigned meeting time. Thank you to Susan for hosting this, and to you, Thomas, for all your legwork. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Jill Cruz[masked] [masked]

Snake avoidance training

Raincrow art gallery

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training at Rain Crow Art Gallery Sunday, May 26 The Animal Experts and I will be holding a special training session for your hiking group. We will hold hour long sessions, starting at 7:30am, then 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am. There will be 6 people assigned to a session. When they arrive, they will pay for their training. The cost is $100/dog, however if someone has more than one dog, they will pay $90/each for the other dogs in the home. After payment is collected, I will do a short presentation of what to expect. I will then take dogs in the session one at a time for avoidance training. Some things to know up front: I handle the dogs, the client gets to watch. I use an ecollar (aka shock collar) to train all dogs. I also have a special small dog ecollar, which is lighter weight on the dog's neck AND is a lesser shock than my regular collar. The snakes are muzzled and handled by the Animal Experts and still contain their venom (which makes up part of their scent- so this is important!). If the client has snake phobia, they need not watch, though I recommend it IF they can hold it together! We use Western Diamondback and Mojave scent as well as snakes. For those that would like to participate, we are asking them to email me directly so I can assign a time slot. I also need to know how many dogs they will bring. My email is: [masked] We are asking for cash, check (made out to Animal Experts) or charge the day of training at the assigned meeting time. Thank you to Susan for hosting this, and to you, Thomas, for all your legwork. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Jill Cruz[masked] [masked]

Snake avoidance training

Raincrow art gallery

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training at Rain Crow Art Gallery Sunday, May 26 The Animal Experts and I will be holding a special training session for your hiking group. We will hold hour long sessions, starting at 7:30am, then 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am. There will be 6 people assigned to a session. When they arrive, they will pay for their training. The cost is $100/dog, however if someone has more than one dog, they will pay $90/each for the other dogs in the home. After payment is collected, I will do a short presentation of what to expect. I will then take dogs in the session one at a time for avoidance training. Some things to know up front: I handle the dogs, the client gets to watch. I use an ecollar (aka shock collar) to train all dogs. I also have a special small dog ecollar, which is lighter weight on the dog's neck AND is a lesser shock than my regular collar. The snakes are muzzled and handled by the Animal Experts and still contain their venom (which makes up part of their scent- so this is important!). If the client has snake phobia, they need not watch, though I recommend it IF they can hold it together! We use Western Diamondback and Mojave scent as well as snakes. For those that would like to participate, we are asking them to email me directly so I can assign a time slot. I also need to know how many dogs they will bring. My email is: [masked] We are asking for cash, check (made out to Animal Experts) or charge the day of training at the assigned meeting time. Thank you to Susan for hosting this, and to you, Thomas, for all your legwork. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Jill Cruz[masked] [masked]

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