Episode 77 Backpacking with Dogs and Effie Drew
For those dog lovers out there who dream of taking their best pal in the world on a backpacking trip, this episode is for you!
Effie Drew has hiked thousands of miles with her dog Luna along some of the best trails the United States has to offer and on this episode, we dive into what that looks like. We cover everything from training for a trail, managing food and water, to deciding how much weight your dog can carry down a trail.
Emory R. Wanger
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Effie’s background in backpacking
How Effie became interested in Thru Hiking the AT
Remembering the AT
Effie’s decision bring a dog on the AT
Reflecting on the AT and if dogs belong on trail
What the “hiking” lifestyle looks like and requires
Heading into the second trail with a dog
Seeing Luna make decisions on her own based on experience
Training a dog to hike off leash
Managing a dog’s well being and health on trail
Training your dog to hike like you train yourself
Learning to read your dog on trail to know how they’re doing
The connection with your dog after a trail
Gear for dogs and load carry
Caring for paws
Learning to push your dog at times
Feeding your dog on trail
Dealing with emotions on trail
Recovery for your dog
How to reach Effie for more information