Gay hiking

6 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails to Explore in Greater Palm Springs

Tips for hikers with dogs

Therese Sama: “Always, always keep your dog on a leash. I have had coyote encounters with my dog ​​where I had to chase the coyotes. They appear out of nowhere and they are only two or three feet away from your dog, ready to attack. Once my dog ​​saw a hare and went after it. I thought I lost him for good. He went like three hills and he didn’t listen to me. After that he went on a leash and he doesn’t come off it anymore.

Cameron Barrows: “It’s really essential to limit the length of the hike so the dogs don’t get dehydrated or to bring water with them so the dogs can drink while you’re on the hike. Otherwise, the dog will suffer. Always have a water bottle for you and, depending on the size of the dog, a water bottle for your dog as well.

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When you encounter wildlife on a trail

Cameron Barrows: “The main thing is to keep the dog away from the snake. It is important to keep the dog on a leash. It’s the safest thing you can do. If you leave your dog off-leash, there’s a good chance he’ll encounter a snake. If they are not trained to avoid snakes, which some dogs can be, they will get too close. The snake reacts just to protect itself. He tries to ward off this potential predator. It will be noisy at first, but if the dog is not trained, it might hit him. This puts the dog at risk of being very, very sick. It could kill the dog, but at least it would be an expensive trip to the vet or hospital for the dog. If people keep the dog on a leash, then you can avoid that completely.

Therese Sama: “We came across rattlesnakes that didn’t even vibrate. And, of course, we’re both running and going fast, and we just passed right by a snake. And I’m just like, “Oh my God. Was that what I thought it was?” Surrounded back and of course it was. And it was right along the trail; they merge with the sand, so they are very difficult to see.

Small dogs vs. big dogs on the trails

Cameron Barrows: “You have to be very aware that your legs are big and long, and a small dog in particular has to take maybe six or seven steps for every step you take. You have to pay attention to your dog’s condition, and if he starts panting or slowing down, you’ve probably gone too far at this point.And if you can pick the dog up and put him down, that’s a good thing.Make sure at that time that they hydrate completely and give them plenty of water. And I think with a small dog you should do shorter hikes. Big dogs can do longer hikes. But it always depends on the condition of the dog. If your dog is not used to longer hikes, start slowly and improve his condition.Then you can increase the length of the hikes slowly.