Pack Hikes

A tired dog is a happy dog! It’s good for everyone when your dog gets a regular hiking workout.

The benefits of hikes for your dog

Some dogs have so much energy, curiosity or anxiety that they need more than just a daily walk – that’s where our group hikes of anywhere from 3-15 dogs come in. The benefits of these dog hikes include:

  • Vigorous exercise. Our hikes are more vigorous than neighborhood walks – they offer a great cardiovascular workout – so your dog will come home tired and relaxed.
  • A healthy way to combat stress. Stimulating new sights and smells to check out, along with fresh air!
  • The chance to learn how to socialize with other dogs in the pack. We generally take anywhere from 3-15 dogs on the group hikes (private hikes can be arranged too). It can be fun for your dog to hang out with different kinds of dogs and learn to walk peacefully in a pack.
  • The chance for us to learn more about your dogs. We pride ourselves on learning the personalities of our pack members and bonding with them to maximize their outdoor experiences.

What We Offer

Safe, personalized service. The way we do our hikes is very different from other companies out there. We’ve found that most companies typically have only one handler for anywhere from 5 to even 25+ dogs, all of which are picked up in a single van and driven over to a hike site. Our pack hike service offers a much more personalized approach with safety as our number-one concern. Instead of one handler for multiple dogs, our pack hikes consist of several handlers, each of which will never hike more than one or two dogs at a time. This ensures that your dog(s) will have the opportunity to safely meet and walk with our pack, rather than being immediately thrown in the mix with other dogs they’ve never met before.

Supplies. We bring water, portable bowls, and towels for all the dogs. 

Updates. We send updates to you with photos from the hike.

Got Questions? We’ve got answers…

What if some dogs don’t get along with each other on the hike?

We always ensure that we have enough people on our hikes so that if distance is needed between any two dogs, we can make that happen easily. We find that once we get them hiking and moving, the dogs do learn how to walk together as a good pack.

Are there rattlesnakes where you go hiking?

Yes – we have seen snakes on the hikes and obviously we do our best to steer clear of them. We recommend dog getting the rattlesnake vaccine, although it’s not required. You might also want to check out rattlesnake aversion classes available in the area, to train dogs to recognize these snakes and stay away from them.

How do you handle encounters with other dogs on the trail?

We usually ask other dog owners to call their dogs back so we can keep our pack moving forward on the hikes. In our experience, other dog owners are understanding and willing to comply.

What if one of the dogs can’t handle the hot weather?

If any dog shows signs of having trouble with the heat, we turn around and return. Ideally, we will learn from each pet owner what each dog can handle.

What happens when it rains?

We hike rain or shine! Our hikers will also bring towels to dry off your dog(s) before they go home but we also ask that you leave towels out as well.

Do the dogs ever go off-leash?

This depends on our comfort level with each dog and the recall skills of the dogs. We do hike at both leashed and off-leash trails, and by law off-leash hiking is allowed only if we have 100 percent control of the dogs at all times – therefore we must be confident that the dog knows recall commands before we ever take them off leash.