The Trail Hound's Handbook Your Family Guide to Hiking with Dogs

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-15
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
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It's a great big wonderful world out there. So big that most young hikers, experienced or not, would do well to enlist the help of a capable guide.

Author Biography

“Most of the self-confidence I had as a young teen,” says author Ellen Eastwood, “I picked up along a hiking trail. The rest probably came from the slobbering affections of the family dog.” It’s no surprise then, that a lifetime of dog-ownership and miles of wilderness trails led Ellen to create The Trail Hound’s Handbook. Having earned a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ellen has more than 15 years of advertising and newsletter copywriting and design experience. Years in the classroom with pre-school and school-age children, and her current position as mother of four (2 children, 2 dogs) further prepared her for writing this book. Ellen and her pack currently reside in Westlake Village, California, surrounded by the rugged Santa Monica Mountains. When she’s not outside with her dogs, Ellen is volunteering at her kids’ schools, working on her new website,, or playing basketball in a local women’s league.

Table of Contents

Unleash the Inner Trail Houndp. 1
Why dogs like to hike with their kids
You Scratch His Backp. 4
Why Kids will like hiking with their dogs
Some Dogs Are Mountain Goatsp. 6
Evaluating your dog's fitness for the trail
Rally the Packp. 14
Preparing for the hike / hike / hiking gear / first aid for Fido
Go, Dog, Go!p. 21
Traveling with our dog / canine car safety
Put Your Pest Paw Forwardp. 25
Hiking basics and etiquette / safe, responsible hiking with dogs
Traits of a Trail Hound: A Nose for Adventurep. 21
Traits of a Trail Hound: Exceptional Earsp. 35
Traits of a Trail Hound: A Keen Evep. 38
Track like the Experts
Following your dog's lead / recognizing signs of wildlife
Whoa, Ick, and Oops!p. 43
Safe wildlife encounters / avoiding hazards on the trail
Resting Your Dogsp. 55
The post-hike cooldown
Kibbles and Bitsp. 57
Photography on the trail / finding your trail
A Trail Hound's Journalp. 59
A Trail Hound's Glossaryp. 64
Indexp. 66
About the Authorp. 74
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