I always take my 2yr old border collie with me. I drive a stake all the way into the ground (incase I fall) right under my hammock and tie his eight foot leash to it. He can get comfortable anywhere under my tarp but can't get tangled in my guy lines. However he is very well behaved and when I'm sleeping is about the only time he is on the leash. As far as the cold he does really well with a DIY fleece jacket and a small ridgerest pad but only if its in the 30s or lower.
Wow those are some great ideas, several have already moved into testing for my dogs. The continuous ridge line is already made just need to get out and see. I had no idea there would be so many people that feel the same way.
Fronkey, what kind of harness is that you're using in the superior trail? Very interested in how it keeps the leash out of the way more.
Mountain Ridge and it works great.
Do you find that the strap which goes under the belly of the dog, keeps them from pulling? I know there's a harness similar to this one, made to keep dogs from pulling, but the clip on is a few inches from the neck.
I've trained my dog from the 1st day I got her with, "No Pull" I know I have another dog in my future, so this looks like a great harness to start him/her in.
I screw in a dog stake just under the center of my tarp's edge, btwn the 2 tie outs. In dry conditions, I put their dog beds (2 inch thick bottom, with a 6 inch high 6 inch diameter tube pillow sewn around half the circumference) on the ground btwn my hammock and the tarp edge, straddling the dog stake, and lay a kids 20 degree sleeping bag over them. They are usually good down to around 60 degrees with that set up. If it gets below that, I lay a thick fleece sleeping bag over them so just their heads are exposed. I will usually rig my hammock low so I can easily reach over and cover them up. I tie them up so they have only 3ft of rope each. I'm thinking I will probably put their coats on next time for extra warmth.
If it's rainy, i hang my hammock a little higher, and move their beds so they are halfway underneath my hammock.
I have been thinking I probably won't take them if it's going to be much lower than 40 degrees unless I can think of better ways to keep them warm and dry.
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Great thread! I've got a high-strung beagle (a bit redundant) that I'd love to take with me, just to wear him out. just got a hammock which I think gives up that idea - for those of you who bring the dog into the hammock with you: Did it take a few times to get them to calm down once in it? My dog (20lb beagle) loves nothign more than getting up on the bed, under the blankets and forcing himself up against us when he can, but I imagine him panicking and trying to stand up in the hammock.
How does that work? I'm not sure he'd do well outside, unless i were on the ground also.