Trail ethics for dogs and their owners
People hiking with dogs should be aware of the impact of their animals on the Trail environment and their effect on the Trail experience of others. Be conscientious about cleaning up after your dog and keeping them away from water sources. Dogs, like people, can carry and spread giardia and other diseases.
- Always keep your dog on a leash
- Take extra care to restrain your your dog around wildlife
- Keep your dog away from springs or other sources of drinking water
- Be mindful of the rights of other hikers not to be bothered by even the friendliest dog
- On a day-hike, carry out your dog's waste; on a longer hiker, bury your dog's waste in a hole 6-8' deep and 3-4" wide, 200 feet from water sources and campsites (as you would your own)
When staying overnight at a shelter site, consider tenting. It's not a requirement, just a courtesy, especially if your dog barks, growls, drools, is wet or muddy, or is over-friendly, and when a shelter is full. Be aware that your dog may bring ticks into a shelter. Keep your dog on a leash at all times, and on a short leash if you bring him or her to the shelter to meet hikers. Ask permission of other hikers before allowing your dog in a shelter.