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    Hiking with your dog.....

    I have a new four legged friend her name is maggie, Maggie is 12 week old Golden Retriever Husky mix, her breed is really called Goberian. I am working with her on leash training and it's going better then I expected. I now there are a lot of you out there that go hiking with your dog is there anything i should be working on with her to get her ready for trial hiking? Maggie wont see the trial untill summer time. I am hoping to have her ready for day hikes by early summer. Mags is great with other dog's and loves being around people. Lot's of mixed reviews with dog's on the trial any thoughts?

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    The most important thing you can teach your dog is a reliable "Recall". That could save their life some day. Other than that it's mostly common courtesy stuff.
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    Socialization, with other dogs and other people, important. Obedience to basic commands such as COME, STAY, DOWN, ect., mandatory, both for your dogs safety, and for keeping her/him welcome out with company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
    The most important thing you can teach your dog is a reliable "Recall". That could save their life some day. Other than that it's mostly common courtesy stuff.
    +1
    This one worked really well when we last trained a dog.
    http://www.amazon.com/Every-Puppy-Pe...uckduckgo-d-20
    - Loki,

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    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
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    +1 on the advice given so far.

    Another thing that's important to teach trail dogs is the commands to turn left and right. You want her to know these commands, trust me. Lol Also, to go, slow down and stop. You're smart to wait until she's grown to get her on the trail for long distances too as it better for the pup. Have fun with your new hiking partner.

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    Common courtesy is a must. We take it to an extreme. Graham is not allowed to approach people or dogs without my okay. I also pull him off the trail and have him in a down between my legs (safe command) whenever anyone is approaching us on the trail. Sadly, most people don't know it's a courtesy thing and automatically assume he is aggressive despite the fact that he is off leash and I'm not holding him. It's amazing how many people don't know obedience when they see it.

    The key is to practice all trail behavior over and over whether there are people around or not. That way they just get into the habit of being courteous. I have been able to take Graham off-leash in areas that are full of people and have him down on the trail or stand and wait until I can catch up. He usually drops into a down whenever anyone approaches us before I can even tell him to!

    Always keep your pup in sight and under control. Above all, have fun! It's a whole new hike when you bring a dog along
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    + 1 on ALL Fronkeys' suggestions. Take her everywhere with you that you can. Expose her to different situations. School busses, playgrounds, 4 wheelers, boulders, road walks, motorcycles, creeks and rivers, gun shots anything you can think of. Be with her and show her new things when you can. I rarely let my dog off leash until he was over a year old. Teach her to wait until you say OK or whatever your release command is. My dog had a pack on very early and grew out of it and into the size he wears now. He sleeps on a piece of CCF under my hammock. Practice 'get on your bed.' Start out small and work up in distance. Now my dog ben( 26 months) can hike all day and still want to play at camp. The best trail partner you can have will be Maggie. Money can buy you a fine dog but only love can make it wag its tail!
    I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all.

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    Two Tents- if all trail dogs could behave like Ben, the world would be a better place.

    I hike with a guy who has a 110 lbs dog. That critter is a sweet heart.

    Dogs are like kids...no one wants to be around the bratty ones, but a well behaved one is a joy to be around and adds to the experience.
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    Thanks for the kind words, Greg. I wish I was like ben, everybody likes him. I spend a ton of time with him and it shows.
    I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all.

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    I haven't read this, but found it at Amazon - could be helpful.

    http://www.amazon.com/Trail-Hounds-H...s+on+the+trail

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