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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trail Dog Training

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 .
Enjoy !!


video

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