hikerduane wrote:My dogs have been great on bp trips while I had them, I have bped a few times with folks whose dogs were uncontrollable, those dogs are the ones that should never be out there or off leash, enjoy your dog, I have lost alot of interest the last few years without a dog along. Dogs being dogs is nice up to a point.
Yeah. It's pretty true. Samantha is always better off leash. I would take her on a BP trip in a minute, other than the overhead of keeping her away from a thrashing trout. Bubba, a jack russell, we would never see again after taken off leash. He doesn't listen, hence he doesn't go.. Sam does.
So, from this discussion, It's probably best to keep your dog in your tent so it can't react to everything that happens outside at night. During the day, the dog will have to stay under voice command, as it would be really tough to keep a dog on leash when hiking. I only compare this to my first time taking Sam out on a duck hunt in the north central valley, and her desire to bolt while i pushed the decoy cart.
I hate constant barking, hence i employ a discretionary dog bark collar. I generally just carry it.. If she sees me take it out, she calms down.
Dogs are very cool on the trail if they're nice and under control. I agree, totally, Duane. Still, they're gonna chase the squirrel, pika, or marmot. just be ready for it.