Gloria Atwater Posted August 17, 2017 Report Share Posted August 17, 2017 Okay, so in the past year and a half I've taken up hiking with a friend on local trails. It's usually once or twice a week and the mileage is about 5 to 7 miles per hike. We're not marathoners - we're both over 50 - so we strike a moderate pace. I take my grown dogs with me, but when I started doing this, they were - you know - grown!So, I feel a little dumb asking this ... but what's a safe age to start hiking with pups?My two youngsters will be 7 months old at the end of the month. I did take them out a couple weeks ago and we went for about 2 hours, kept the pups on leash, let them set the pace and stopped often for them to play in the stream. The trails are typical mountain trails, well-traveled dirt with some rocks and easy stream crossings and modest elevation gain. Whenever they do start hiking, they will be on leash until they learn the rules of the road. And also to assure there's no mad careening around in the rocks and mountainside to wreck themselves.But I'm concerned about growth plates and young joints and all that, so I don't want to start too soon. What say you all?~ Gloria Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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