Many dog owners feel that when they’re hiking or camping, their dog should enjoy their freedom to roam, explore and work off their rambunctiousness. However, when you properly leash your dog outdoors, you are essentially helping to mitigate dangerous situations. But also, effective leashing helps prevent legal consequences should your pet act inappropriately in the backcountry, on the trail, at a campground and even at home.
Hiking trail etiquette seems to have, quite literally, plunged off the damn cliff! With so many new people out there taking to the hiking trails in our National Parks and State Parks, it’s no wonder serious hikers are pissed! Between people leaving their crap and trash everywhere, screwing with the wildlife, loose dogs and just plain utter disrespect to the environment, it’s no wonder authorities are either limiting or closing down the hiking trails.