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So we have started a new family ritual-every Sunday we pack up and go hiking- my husband, me, Belle & Dora. We have know gone to both offleash and onleash parks and it is a blast. However, I am not sure if it is the girl's differences in personality or if Dora doesn't enjoy herself as much. Isabelle to my surprise stays with us better offleash. I was nervous that she is a take charge, lets go, pushy personality that I wouldn't be able to leave her offleash but she probably stays closer and is less annoying offleash! Dora on the otherhand spends her time running back and forth between all 3 of us checking out what we are doing wanting to be pet, etc. She often gets tired after a few miles. For those of you who walk in a pack setting like this, do you find your havs are the same way?

Dora is extremely excited when we get out of the car running in circles, jumping, but then usually half way thru the hike she paws me which is her signal to pick me up! Not sure if she wants love or to rest for awhile. On the other hand, I try to pick up Belle and she fights me, she takes this very seriously. Not sure if it is just their differences or maybe this is too much for Dora?

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We walk off leash and my guys pretty much stay close to me. They don't let me get out of sight anyway. They run and chase each other, smell things, roll in stinky stuff, eat stinking stuff, etc. They are more interested in what the other one is doing rather than what I am doing. They really love their walks and I think it's the highlight of their day.





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I don't have any idea how Pepper will do, but we plan to start hiking with him this winter. I'd love to know where you guys have gone so far and how you like the trails.

We're in the high desert, so we'll start with Vasquez Rocks (Agua Dulce), Devil's Punchbowl (Juniper Hills) and Wrightwood. But I'd love to know where there's good hiking in the L.A. area.

How strenuous are your hikes? Would an off-road stroller be out of the question for Dora?

I'm hoping Pepper will enjoy hiking!

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I have an offroad stroller and have used it but it can be a pain when doing long distances. We have so far gone to Runyon Canyon, Griffith Park (a few times), Eaton Canyon Park, one in Malibu (don't remember). They could be too strenuous. I don't know if it is because she spends too much time going back and forth or if maybe she is more like me in personality (lazy) or maybe maltese is just insane <G> I know she enjoys the hikes. She is super excited when we get there. Or maybe she just feels like she needs a lil loving as well. I am just not sure if dogs will give a signal for being too exhausted?

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Brady and I hike a few times a week with Linda and her pack. Brady is the wonderer of the group. He will see a deer and go running. Fortunately, there really isn't anywhere he can go in the trails we take him, but he has scared me once or twice. Brady loves walks and would stay out all day if I were up to it. He loves to get dirty and run in the stream. He is all boy! Linda's dogs love the walks and she takes them daily. She does carry Bella once in a while when she gets tired. Freddie will paw to be picked up sometimes, but that could just be from Brady bullying him when he is on the ground. What can I say, he is a wild man!


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Karen- good to hear. I only have my hiking monster to compare Dora too. Maybe Belle is just the oddball. Like she marathon runner of the group and the rest of us (well me and Dora are normal!)

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Amanda wrote: "Or maybe she just feels like she needs a lil loving as well. I am just not sure if dogs will give a signal for being too exhausted?"

If Dora begins panting heavily, salivating heavily, becomes confused, weak or inattentive, then definitely pick her up and get her to a cool spot and give her water. It sounds like she's already letting you know when she's tired and that's a good thing.

The weather is cooling down so she shouldn't suffer heat stroke unless she's really overworked. Don't wait to see pale or gray gums. Stop at the first signs of overheating and let her rest, cool down and rehydrate.

Up here in the desert we always have to be watchful when we exercise the dogs in summer. At the first sign of exhaustion we stop playing and get everyone back into the air conditioning.

If Dora gets overtired and a stroller is too clunky, what about a backpack carrier? We were thinking of getting one for Pepper for those hikes that were too rocky for a stroller.

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Brady and I hike a few times a week with Linda and her pack. Brady is the wonderer of the group. He will see a deer and go running. Fortunately, there really isn't anywhere he can go in the trails we take him, but he has scared me once or twice. Brady loves walks and would stay out all day if I were up to it. He loves to get dirty and run in the stream. He is all boy! Linda's dogs love the walks and she takes them daily. She does carry Bella once in a while when she gets tired. Freddie will paw to be picked up sometimes, but that could just be from Brady bullying him when he is on the ground. What can I say, he is a wild man!
Either Brady's a wild man or freddie is a wimp. Maybe they are a bit of both!





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L.A. hike

my parents use to own a cabin at chantry flats in santa anita canyon. there is a pack station with donkeys to haul provisions to the cabins, which are only acessible by foot. i hope it is still there, i have lots of fond memories.
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