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Dogs on trails
posted by: ClareyClarence denBok )   email this member
Posted Saturday, Jan 26 at 9:17 PM
Sat, Jan 26 at 09:17 PM
Regarding trail Whitewater Canyon near Kaslo, BC


I'm a new Trailpeak Member - today. Totally suprised to see all the photos of dogs on mountain trails. Maybe a controversial issue, but consider the quality of the surface water, please. I adore dogs and totally understand how wonderful it is to have them along. But do you really pick up every time they drop?

If this site is about sustainable backcountry practises, please consider whether taking your dog in the backcountry is fair to the rest of us, since there are thousands of others who will also bring their dogs along.

And, of course, we all know that dogs and bears/wildlife are a bad combination, so why post photos of dogs in bear country? Bit of a disservice. Happy to be corrected if I'm wrong, but please consider.

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wanderlust  email this member
Posted Friday, Mar 15 at 12:35 AM
Fri, Mar 15 at 12:35 AM
Regarding trail Whitewater Canyon near Kaslo, BC -near-Kaslo-BC-6155

Really? You should be filtering water no matter where it comes from, as wolves, coyotes, birds, beavers, bears, and everything else, poop in the woods. The only animal that should be banned from the backcountry are humans, as we are the worst in terms of litter, fire hazards, fecal waste and terrain damage (you can't even see where a dog has tread).
I am less likely to be attacked by a cougar with my dogs hiking at my side, and they can often sense/smell danger hundreds of yards before I have any idea there is a wild animal nearby.
It's neither dangerous nor irresponsible.
I'm the type of person that carries out OTHER PEOPLE's crap when I leave a wilderness area, and I always use a camp stove instead of building a fire. If you want to hike where you don't have to "worry" about dogs, you have Provincial and National Parks all over the place.
The BEST thing about crown land wilderness is that my dogs and I can enjoy it in peace.

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Clarey ( Clarence denBok )  email this member
Posted Friday, Mar 15 at 12:58 AM
Fri, Mar 15 at 12:58 AM
Regarding trail Whitewater Canyon near Kaslo, BC -near-Kaslo-BC-6155

I guess the problem is that everyone thinks their dog is no problem. Sounds like 'wanderlust" might be an awesomely responsible backcountry person and you might have an awesomely good dog. Thousands of others dogs and owners out there are not as conscientious, which is why dogs, especially on well-used backcountry trails is not uncontroversial and not appreciated by many.

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Roxanne  email this member
Posted Monday, Apr 8 at 4:37 AM
Mon, Apr 8 at 04:37 AM
Regarding trail Whitewater Canyon near Kaslo, BC -near-Kaslo-BC-6155

I love taking my dog with me and I feel so much safer with her by my side to protect me not only for wildlife but from humans. My daughter and I usually head out together into the backcountry together where there is no cell service, and very few people. I have added protection with our dog. Besides the backcountry is the only place where we can run free together and enjoy nature the way it is intended. Any other dog owner that I have met so far also appreciates the outdoors and respects it's delicate ways.

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L&L  email this member
Posted Sunday, May 19 at 4:21 AM
Sun, May 19 at 04:21 AM
Regarding trail Whitewater Canyon near Kaslo, BC -near-Kaslo-BC-6155

I am going to say what some others may not - YES I do pick up after my dog if the poop is right on a trail - but guess what, I may even toss the poop far into the bush in it's BIODEGRADABLE BAG. That's right, I said it. Is that bad? It is a biodegradable bag, new guy. Are you going around picking up. bagging, and packing out bear scat, coyote poop, or deer droppings? I didn't think so. Come on, some of us do have enough sense to respect trails and keep them poop free, but don't give me a bad time about the poop in biodegradable bags. BTW, if I know I am not far from a garbage bin then yes, I do carry it out to said bin. And what do you think happens to all the poop in the garbage bins eventually? Do you think fairies wave a wand over it and it disappears?
As for bears: if you have even basic knowledge of the outdoors, you would know that bear encounters are rare, and bears prefer to high tail it the other way when they hear a human. Yes, a starving cougar, or a bear with cubs who are startled may be a different story, but these are rare occurences that are certainly not made more likely due to a dog being with someone. Again: a dog does not attract a bear. Unless defending cubs, a bear will be happier to run away from a dog than stay and fight it.

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L&L  email this member
Posted Sunday, May 19 at 4:32 AM
Sun, May 19 at 04:32 AM
Regarding trail Whitewater Canyon near Kaslo, BC -near-Kaslo-BC-6155

I would also add, that it is reasonable to assume that most people who own a dog and love it enough to take it along on hikes instead of leaving at home, are nature lovers. And nature lovers love nature. We understand that we - humans - can appreciate nature, or take part in destroying it.
I would much rather see someone like myself, with a dog trotting alongside, than encounter a family with screeching children who are disturbing the zen of the outdoors and trampling the plants more efficiently than my or any other dog would.
Finally, as one other writer pointed out, anyone with a basic knowledge of the outdoors would know to carry their own water on a hike, or bring along a filter. Never drink directly from Mother Nature.

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