I took Jiffy for his first hike today at Alamaden Quicksilver County Park. All the trails there are open to dogs on leash, and are very well-marked. I packed up some treats and water for us both, and off we went.
About 20 yards from the trailhead, Jiffy decided to stop to poop. Being the good citizen that I am, that means I got to tote a baggy of dog poop in my backpack for the rest of the hike. Thanks Jiff!
Once we got that out of the way, we hiked for about an hour before stopping for lunch:
We hiked back the way we came, for a total hike of about 2 hours. I figured that was probably long enough for his first hike; but I do hope to take him on longer hikes eventually. Jiffy had a great time, and was pretty well-behaved when we passed other hikers, mountain-bikers, and/or dogs. I was especially impressed by how calm he was watching two beautiful horses trot by.
By the time we got back to the car, he was exhausted and slept all the way home:
I picked several ticks off him during and after the hike, and drowned another couple when I gave him his first bath after we got home. I had to use the tweezers and a death-grip on him to get the final tick off of a spot near his ‘nads. We’re treating him with Frontline, so I suppose I could have left it on him and let it die; but that just didn’t seem right.
Any advice from those of you who hike with your dogs on dealing with ticks would be greatly appreciated …