Basic Trail Dog Training
Photo below is Sierra on Cerro Alto Summit
located in San Luis Obispo County Calif.
between Atascadero and Morro Bay on highway 41 .
Sierra is my hard working daily hiking companion .
She is three years old and well trained in trail dog
skill sets .
This posting is the second in a series of trail dog training suggestions .
My goal is to impress the viewer with the importance of teaching their dog
basic manners and skills that can be used on trail hiking adventures .
I have often heard it said that dogs should be on a leash when hiking ,
however the below photos illustrating some of the routine trail situations
encountered by hikers make a leashed dog impractical !
Below we see a common water crossing by a hiker , followed by a
photo of my dog Sierra awaiting her turn and command to cross the stream .
The command " sit " " stay " and " follow " are very important .
After viewing the below photos , please enjoy the three minute video
that shows Sierra in action !
Below is Sierra Awaiting her turn to cross .
Note that that I removed sierra's heavy pack for the log crossing .
because of the difficult balance situation .
Sierra below carrying her heavy pack while rock hopping across .
The pack weighs 16 lbs.
below a very narrow trail on a steep slope , a dog leashed while carrying a heavy pack
and using two treking poles is not practical . A dog must be trained to maintain it's
hiking position and avoid conflict with her hiking group .
The short video below brings it all together .