Off-leash hiking is one of the best ways to let dogs be dogs. They are in nature, sniffing and running as they want, making their own choices.
On the human side, time off-leash strengthens our bonds with our dogs. We take joy in their enjoyment of the hike. Our dogs recognize that this is a shared experience and appreciate what we are giving to them. Without the leash to join us, we are nonetheless connected, aware of each other’s movements and locations.
In a series of posts on ThatMutt.com, I shared my experience training my dog for off-leash hiking, including how to build trust with your dog, keep him safe and respect other hikers and the environment. The goal of the series is to educate people about the rewards of off-leash hiking, help people grow their confidence to unclip the leash and allow more dogs to be dogs.
- How to Train A Dog to Be Off Leash
- 15 Tips for Off Leash Hiking
- How Leash Dragging Prepares Your Dog to Go Off-Leash
- How To Get Your Dog To Pay Attention Off Leash
- Finding Your Dog’s Off-Leash Comfort Zone
- What To Do If Your Dog Runs Away
- How To Protect Your Dog From Ticks
- Our Holiday Hiking Tradition