Yesterday we wrote about walking the dogs on the rail trail over the weekend. Here is a list of tips for rail trail first-timers (aka "what we wish we'd done"):
|Mom always said hindsight is 20/20|
DO - Go when it's less busy - after a rain, at dawn or dusk, or on a weekday. Sunny weekend afternoons are guaranteed to be a busy time.
DO - Go for a short walk, especially if it's hot outside. Badger and Mushroom did fine with an hour-long walk on Saturday, when we went right after a rain, but they were pretty tired after an hour-long walk in the sun on Sunday.
DO - Bring water for yourself and your dog.
DO - Give your dog distance from "scary" things: bikers, rollerbladers, other dogs, etc. Be aware of when people are approaching, especially from behind, and step to the side or even off the trail if necessary.
DO - Bring lots of high-value treats!
DO - Bring poop bags and clean up after your dog.
|"I can't poop if you're looking at me!"|
What do you think of these tips? Anything you would add? Anything you disagree with?
Also, we were thinking about putting a backpack on Badger and having him carry water, but we didn't want him to overheat. Any advice on whether dog backpacks are okay in the summer?