How to Train Your Dog to Walk Off Leash – A Hiker’s Guide

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How to Train Your Dog to Walk Off Leash

There’s only one thing that Haley loves more than playing with her basketball, and that’s going for an off-leash hike. The moment I let her loose, her eyes brighten, a smile spreads across her face and there’s a joyful bounce in her gait as she begins to connect with her wild, canine ancestors and become one with nature. She can … Read More

How to Deal With Ticks – A Dog Hiker’s Survival Guide

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How to Deal With Ticks

The snow is melting, the days are getting longer and spring is almost here. That means you’ll soon be spending more time outdoors with your dog. This is a good time to plan on how to deal with ticks this year, especially if you love hiking with your pup. Has this ever happened to you? You return home from a … Read More

15 Helpful Dog Park Tips – Keeping Dog Park Visits Positive

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15 Helpful Dog Park Tips

After getting some great feedback from last week’s post “Are Dog Parks Good or Bad for Your Dog?”, I wanted to follow up with some dog park tips and additional information I think you’ll find useful. If you feel the dog park environment is a good fit for exercising and socializing your dog, check out the helpful tips below. All … Read More

Are Dog Parks Good or Bad for Your Dog?

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Are Dog Parks Good or Bad?

Are you thinking about visiting your local dog park? You’ve probably heard some dog owners rave about how wonderful dog parks are for exercising and socializing dogs and how they go on a regular basis and enjoy hanging out with their doggie and human friends. You’ve probably also heard other dog owners describe how these parks are full of diseases … Read More

Keeping San Francisco Dog Friendly

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Ocean Beach Golden Retriever

I can’t think of a better way to kick off my first blog post than with a tribute to one of the most dog friendly cities in the United States, San Francisco!  On a recent visit to the City by the Bay, it was heartwarming to see so many dog owners out and about with their well behaved, four-legged companions.  … Read More