A forum for owners of the Siberian Husky.
HomeFAQSearchRegisterRegisterLog in
Congratulations Kota and LoAn!, our January HOTM winners! HOTM - February : TBA!
Husky of the Month
Congrats Kota & LoAn,
our January HOTM Winners!
Holiday Hangover!

Thanks to all for this month's entries!
Forum Rules
1. Here we prefer clarity to agreement. Obviously not everyone is going to agree on a topic; here we prefer to talk out our differences in a respectful manner to ensure mutual understanding and respect.
2. Read the Stickies and Announcements. Each sub-forum may have specific rules which trump the Forum Rules in cases where there may be conflicting information. Read the rules of each board before you post so that you are clear on the expectations of the staff.
3. Respect ALL Staff and Admins. These people volunteer of their time and MUST be respected as well as their word adhered to. They are responsible for maintaining a free, open, clear and organized forum. Anyone found to be openly undermining any official ruling by a staff member will be warned.
4. Signatures: One picture only and no links. Images: To keep the forum looking neat and tidy, we ask that members insert just one picture only in their signatures. The picture should be no more than 200x500 pixels and should be of an appropriate subject, for example, your dogs and their names. Should you need assistance creating an appropriate signature, please PM an Admin and we would be happy to help! This is to ensure that signatures remain a welcome addition to our forum instead of a cumbersome distraction. Links: Hyperlinks in signatures--unless to a personal blog or photo stream of your dogs (like Flckr or Piscasa, for example)--are strictly prohibited. Please PM a staff member with any questions or concerns regarding this rule.
Rescue Spotlight
Our current rescue spotlight is:

Texas Sled Dog Rescue!

Top Dog Website Award Winner!

Top Website


Share | .

 A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!

View previous topic View next topic Go down 

Male Join date : 2012-01-28
Location : OR

PostSubject: A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!   Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:18 am

Hey all,

Keeonah is just over 5 months old now, and I am eager to get her outside!

I walk her once a day now, usually 1-2 miles through the town and nearby campus (depending on the route I take). She is very well behaved on leash at this point. With the better weather steady approaching in the Northwest, I want to get a few questions answered as I plan my hiking trips for the spring/summer.

I am basically just new to hiking with a dog. I have done plenty of research about the tools necessary to hiking (first aid, fresh water, food, bowls etc.) but am more interested in learning about the physical development of the Sibe, and the restraints it will have as she continues to grow and develop.

Like I said she is just north of 5 months old now. I am taking her in for her rabies shot friday, but based on her last visit, I'd say she is between 33 and 35 lbs. I'd like to know if this is appropriate age to begin using a doggy backpack (studied on those as well, about starting it empty and incrementally working the weight up), and about how far I could expect her to safely hike given properly timed breaks.

Saying I am excited to get out into nature with my girl is a HUGE understatement, I just want to be fully prepared!

Thank you all in advance!
Back to top Go down

Join date : 2012-02-25
Location : Castle Rock, CO

PostSubject: Re: A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!   Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:53 pm

At 5 months old, you can let her start carry an empty backpack now. But before you even go out and get all that hiking gear, why not just take her on an easy hike with the leash/collar you have right now, and see how both of you do? Find an easy trail, not too far away from home so you're not super committed, and just go. If something doesn't work out, you can always turn back. How far you can hike really depends on a lot of variables (weather, trail condition, elevation, your fitness level, etc) so it's really hard to say. But just take it easy first and slowly work your way to longer and more strenuousness hikes, that's the way to go. More likely than not Keeonah will out last you by a long shot on the trail, they were bred to pull sled over long distances after all. The longest day hike I've taken Polar on was for over 11 hours, 30 miles, on mountainous terrain. By the end of the day, I was about to fall over from exhaustion, but Polar was just starting to get a little tired.
Back to top Go down

Female Join date : 2012-02-24
Location : Denver Colorado

PostSubject: Re: A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!   Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:58 pm

polar took the words out of my mouth....I have hiked with maggie since she was 5 months old!!
Back to top Go down

Male Join date : 2011-05-15
Location : South Jordan, UT

PostSubject: Re: A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!   Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:35 am

Agreed with Polar on this one as well, other than if it's hot. If it's hot you will outlast the pup in my experience. Our guy gets really hot really fast.

Also, be ready for Keeonah to be a totally different dog on leash while hiking. Appa is GREAT around town, neighborhood, etc. etc. but once we start hiking he goes bonkers with excitement. It takes almost a solid 30 minutes before I feel like he has a brain again.
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content

PostSubject: Re: A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!   

Back to top Go down

A few questions about hiking to be prepared for the season!

View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

 Similar topics

» Questions related to the first freeze of the season
» General Hiking Questions
» Some sand questions.
» Cricket Questions from a Newbie!
» composting questions

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
It's a Husky Thing - Siberian Husky Forum :: Advice and Discussion Forums :: The Great Outdoors-