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    Hammock Hiking with Dog--sleep arrangements

    I am planning to hike the AT this year. Doing it the hammock way was a part of my plan even though I have yet to sleep in my Speer hammock. This week I learned that my Standard Poodle, Fleur, will have to be with me instead of where I had arrangements for her to be. I am adjusting. Doing it with my hammock is still important to me. Descending from my elevated "bed," I picture tarp, then hammock, then Fleur connected to me with her 6-foot leash, then some sort of padding for her to sleep upon. As you read this, does your hair stand on end? Please advise. Thanks.

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    No, it curls. Continue adjusting until you get to Maine (assuming you're NOBO). First prioritize the big three: dog, hike, hammock. You can only do this by hiking a lot ahead of time.

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    i will be starting my thru hike in mid march, with my dog 'salsa" a rhodesian ridgeback.
    after much consideration , i decided to tent camp, [shudder], till i get to hot springs and then hammock up to new england, where i will switch out again,
    this is only due to the cold at the start and finish, and maybe unwarranted , but,i dont want her sleeping in the cold wind after being wet all day.
    id be glad to share my thoughts about this if you want to pm me
    bill

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    Curls?

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    No, it curls. Continue adjusting until you get to Maine (assuming you're NOBO). First prioritize the big three: dog, hike, hammock. You can only do this by hiking a lot ahead of time.
    Thanks, David, for your response. Hiking a lot is important, of course. I get that. I don't know what you mean by "it curls" though. Are you saying that I will be dumped own upon her? Probably something else. Someday I will know how to speak hammockeeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SawnieRobertson View Post
    Thanks, David, for your response. Hiking a lot is important, of course. I get that. I don't know what you mean by "it curls" though. Are you saying that I will be dumped own upon her? Probably something else. Someday I will know how to speak hammockeeze.
    His hair curls, and doesn't stand on end.

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    My experience with Scout The Wonder Dog is that he considers himself a growedazz dog and he'll sleep where he wants to. I generally use a 20 foot long shielded wire cable to fix him to a tree. He carries it in his pack, so the weight (for me) is not a big concern, and he can carry a LOT of his food even with the cable. When the weather is very cold or raining very hard, he chooses to sleep under me on the ground cloth. When its nice he curls up somewhere outside the tarp or if the rain is light, just inside the open end.

    One thing to consider, and this is just my opinion, is that the dog might want to choose where she will sleep, and may be the better judge of where is the best place. Scout's primary concern, it seems, is to guard the location. I think that's why he sleeps outside the tarp in good weather and just inside the tarp if its rainy. I think the reason that he sleeps under me when its cold is that is the point where he considers warmth to be more important than guarding. The only real problem I have with giving him this much liberty is that sometimes his cable fouls the guy lines on the tarp. he generally figures out where he can and can't go after a few tries, but I still have to free him up on occasion so that he can learn the lesson.

    My ground cloth is a 36" square of DVR. In cold weather I carry a thin CCF pad as a sit pad, and put that down on the ground cover for him to sleep on. The only time he seems to want to sleep on it is when its cold. Since you're using a six foot leash, your dog's choices will be somewhat more limited, which may be more of a curse than a blessing, especially if she wants to sleep 7 feet away from you.

    Of course, training will help. If you go out with her every weekend and arrange it so that she can't sleep anywhere other than underneath you regardless of conditions, eventually she'll do it without any leashes or confinement---it will become the normal thing for her to do.

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    Has any dog finished the AT?
    YMMV

    HYOH

    Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)

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    technically ,no,
    dogs are banned in the smokies and in baxter,sp, but plenty of dogs have done the rest of it

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    My dog sleeps well with me in a tent, but not so well under me in a hammock... I'm hoping when I get a Superfly he'll confuse that with a tent and be happy.
    "We're the Sultans of Swing."

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    Right now, I can't recall the name of the dog, but the book Blind Courage tells the story of a blind man and his guide dog who thru hiked back in the late 80's

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