• Man with golden retriever pup in backpack
    Hiking,  Puppies,  Training

    Hiking with a Puppy

    We all envision getting our puppy and hitting the trail for a fun adventure.  Here are a few facts and tips to know about hiking with your pup. Puppies are growing at a rapid rate during their first year.  There bones, joints and muscles are growing and changing rapidly as they move through puppyhood into adolescence.  One of the biggest concerns for both dogs and humans alike can be the repetitive movements that hiking or running on surfaces can have on our joints.  Dogs can get a torn or ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament.  The ligament connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the tibia (the…

  • Woman Debra Duwe and dog hiking
    Hiking

    Tips for the Trail

    More pets and their families are heading to the trails like never before, especially after the long North Idaho winter.  How can they help keep the trails enjoyable for everyone?  Here are a  few tips: 1. Be Prepared – Things to carry on the trail:  Cell phone, “poop” bags, leash, and last but not least, doggie treats to reward your amazing pooch for calm manners on the trail! 2. To Leash or Not to Leash- Know our leash laws: Sandpoint City pubic rights of ways dogs must be on a leash; Travers, Farmin Park and City Beach do not allow dogs; Lake View and Hickory Park, limited leash is permitted; Ponderay…