Welcome to the Tacoma Dog Hiking/Walking. We are trying to provide a safe and exciting environment for you and your dog. Taking your dog on the same old walk every day bores your dog and can lead to behavior problems. This group allows your dog to get that extra stimulus that it needs to lead a truly fulfilling life that the both of you can benefit from.
There are some that just join the group and think that is enough. I hope that if you join the group, you at least set a goal of attending so many hikes a month, and then try sticking to it. It's a great way for you and your dog to get in shape. You also get the chance to visit some beautiful trails and terrain that the area has to offer. Our regular walks along the waterfront you give you and your canine friend a chance to meet and get use to the other dogs before going on longer leash free hikes.
As always, on the hikes, park rules apply, and shy dogs are welcome, so don't let your dog approach another without the owner's prior approval (don't assume that they are all super social).
Since this is Washington state, the weather will most likely not affect the walk/hike, however If weather conditions become too extreme, you might have to check the website for updated information and/or contact the host of the event. Hikes may be canceled at the last minute if there are no Yes RSVP's, so if you intend on showing up please try to update your RSVP.
Many of the activities I describe here on the Tacoma Dog Hiking involve traveling to outdoors areas and then walking and doing related activities in those areas. As with any activity, there are potential dangers involved. These potential dangers can include, but are not limited to:
- driving to and from the outdoors area
- difficult terrain that can result in falls
- weather extremes, including floods, lightning, rain, snow, and high temperatures
- getting lost
- injury and death
You are responsible for your own safety. This requires that you
- be fully prepared for contingencies
- are in good enough physical condition
- pay attention to where you’re going
- bring the proper equipment and supplies
The classic list of the Ten Essentials from The Mountaineers Books has evolved from a list of individual items to a list of functional systems:
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp or flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (firestarter and matches/lighter)
- Repair kit and tools (including knife)
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter
Hikes that are scheduled in forest areas require a forest pass for your vehicle. You can check with other members to make arrangements to carpool for hikes that are quite a distance away. If carpooling please be sure to bring the proper transportation container for your pets. When in the forest area please follow all posted rules and regulations.
What to bring
- Tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag
- Stove, pots and utensils
- Water filter
- Hat and/or sunscreen
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- Warm clothes (thermal underwear recommended)
- trekking poles.
- Gas money for the drivers
- Northwest forest pass (drivers)
- Remember to bring: 10 essentials, bug spray, gas $$ for drivers and a bag for dusty boots
Always make sure that you carry enough water for the both of you. On longer hikes you may need to bring some food or snacks you and your companion. All breeds are welcome and if you have a dog that is aggressive and/or has behavior problems, then please keep them on a leash and away from other dogs at all times. You don't need to have a dog to be a member of this group, and we take walkers of all speed levels.