One of my favorite things to do with my dog Ace is take him on off-leash hikes and walks.
I had no idea this was such a controversial issue until I innocently posted about hiking with my dog off leash on another site and people (serious backpackers) told me a thing or two about how dogs should never hike off leash!
Their reasons were:
- safety of other hikers &
- concern for the wildlife
As much as I hate to admit it, they’re right. Dogs do cause a lot of problems.
I’m going to go over some of those safety concerns, but I’m not saying you should never hike with your dog off leash. That’s up to you to decide, and either way it’s good to be aware of these issues. (Not to mention, it’s illegal for dogs to be off leash in most areas.)