Dog Health and Safety

The most important thing about all of this information about backpacking is to know your dog physically and mentally as much as you can. Don’t ever push your dog out of their comfort zone that could result in terrible results. Age also has nothing to do about whether your dog could go backpacking. I have…

Training

Dog training costs money that some people would rather spend on gear, like me! I don’t see dog training as such a big deal as I see your bond with your dog. Oliver was such an easy soul to trail since he loves to please. I do though strongly believe that there are some very…

Dangers of the Outdoors

Being outdoors with your dogs, is such an exuberant feeling but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Dogs aren’t always able to tell right from wrong no matter how much you trust them. I am thankful to have gained some bad and scary experiences because this has gotten me to form such a…

Where to go with your dog

Getting your dog to adventure with you is a task all in its own, but also being able to find out where your dog is allowed is another issue. Dogs are rarely allowed in National Parks and if they are, it comes with very high restrictions. For example, in Yosemite dogs are only allowed on…

Tent Comfort

This tip is a detail many tend to forget quite easily, and that is the comfort of your dog within a tent. Oliver has been in a tent since he was only a few months old and sometimes I believe he would rather be in a tent than anywhere else. The tent is such a…

Leave No Trace

Like most people, dog feces can be such a hassle to carry or even get rid of properly. I’ve seen people leave their dog feces in the trail and watched people step in it, myself included, from people not picking up after their dog. As I had mentioned in a previous post, Oliver is typically…

Trail Courtesy While Being Off leash

Whether you hike in the backcountry or in a residential trail and your dog has the freedom to explore off leash, I truly believe that trail courtesy should still be respected and practiced. In my perspective, trail courtesy is making sure your dog is respectful of any other hiker and or dogs space on the…

Wildlife

When it comes to the outdoors, odds are you will encounter wildlife either on the trail or where you decide to set up camp. Oliver being a herding breed, he has a huge drive to herd and chase as do many other dogs. I’ve learned a few tricks to avoid running into wildlife to ease…

Kurgo Dog Gear

@Kurgo @Olieblueboy Having the proper gear for your dog on your backpacking trips is just as crucial as your gear is to you. The comfort and quality is a must in order for everything to go smoothly. Kurgo Dog Gear was started in 2003 and since grown into a very popular company. Oliver has been…

Starting Your Backpacking Journey

@Oliblueboy Many find comfort within the outdoors, just like me and my dog. Its a journey I didn’t want to take alone but having this boy next to me makes traveling easier. I learned things along the way that I wish I had known before so I’m here to maybe inform others better or for…