Adapted from Hiking and Backpacking with Dogs, by Linda Mullally.

1. Hiking/backpacking is a healthy, noncompetitive, and inexpensive form of outdoor recreation. It is the perfect escape from urban stress and the daily grind while providing an opportunity for you and pooch to reset your metabolisms to “fit.”

2. As a dog owner you have the privilege of having a live-in natural hiking companion who will enhance the experience in a unique way.

3. Your dog’s innate curiosity…

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