It should come as no surprise that when we finally decided to get a dog, we wanted to get one that we could eventually take hiking and backpacking with us. Of course, little Willa Jean is way too young to take with us on any of our longer trips, but we’re already starting to get her acclimated to the woods. We want her to enjoy being out there as much as we do. And we want her to be a well-behaved trail dog so that her picture doesn’t end up on some forum or blog along with a rant titled KEEP YOUR DAMN DOGS OFF THE TRAILS.
So for our first hike together we chose a nice, flat trail with mini-obstacles for our mini-puppy.
It was very fun to watch her become more and more confident along the trail. At first she hesitated every time she encountered a small log or tricky rock, but soon enough she was navigating them like a pro. Sometimes, of course, she needed a little help from mom or dad.
We took lots of breaks for water and food. And we practiced our “sit” command among all of the distracting and exciting sights and smells of the woods.
At the slightest hint of her getting tired, we took turns carrying her. Look at those ears. They should be a part of every UN peacekeeping operation.
And we also stopped for a quick snooze. A tired puppy is a happy puppy and Dad’s backpack is just the right size.
She had a great time. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was the best day of her life so far.