Monday, November 8, 2010

What a dog needs ...

The Dog Hikers developed a method called Exercise, Socialization and Training (EST). Why has our method been such a successful formula for many South Bay Area dogs? Dogs with excessive energy need to release that energy. If not released appropriately the outcome of their release will have negative consequences for us. Destructive chewing, digging, excessive barking, excessive licking, self-mutilation, hyperactivity or any other number of behavioral problems are common in under-exercised dogs.

Hiking with us means you will get a different dog back home. The exercise provides an excellent outlet for your dogs' excessive energy. The outdoor exposure to people, other dogs, horses, wildlife and the socialization within our hiking group will provide the mental stimulation your dog so desperately
needs and our training will help remind your dog of its manners.

The Dog Hikers is a unique business established in the South Bay to provide services in the South Bay area and beyond.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gear up - The rain is coming

The weather is changing. The fall is here. What do we need to do to gear up for the colder and wetter weather? Factors such as temperature, wind and the amount of rain are important in the consideration for the right clothing and foot wear.

The Dog Hikers gear up in layers:

• Base layer: long underwear such as dry fit

• Mid layer: insulation and warmth: fleece or sweatshirt and head cover

• Outer layer: protection from the elements like wind and rain we have rain jackets and pants. Poncho is good too but handing multiple dogs at the same time a jacket works much better.


When rain has soaked the trails our light low hiking shoes are replaced by high gore-tex hikers, to ensure our feet stay dry and warm. Good socks are also essential because hiking in the rain the trails become a bigger challenge not only on the legs but on the feet as well.

Odd enough the rain will keep most people away from hiking. The parks and preserves are usually at their best. Especially after the rain the deer enjoy eating the fresh and wet grass and the coyotes seek that one warm spot in the sun. Once in awhile you’ll find that mountain lion track that just crossed the trail before you came. The dog’s mind is stimulated by new and strong smells of wildlife and the cool temperatures are welcomed by all living things.

As for your dog you have to look at the breed. Most dogs do well in the rain. Their coat is their protections. Some breeds may need a coat to protect them from the cold. Paw protectors are usually not necessary unless you are hiking in a rocky area.

The most important tip is to ensure the trails are safe. One some days the rain causes the trails to be incredibly muddy that slipping could be an issue. If too windy stay home as well. Falling branches and/or trees may make your trip a living nightmare and not to forget mudslides that wash away whole trails.

The Dog Hikers love the rain especially after a long, warm and sometimes too hot summer it is a welcoming change. If you should see people dancing in the middle of a Park in the rain and dogs jumping in joy with them …yep, that would be us.

Kipper, Boe and Domino hiking in the rain

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Which food is right for my dog?

 A question we get asked a lot by our clients. Well, which dog food is right for my dog? Most dog food reviews are sponsored by the very same corporations that produce the food. It may not be surprising that their food always comes out as the best.

We only have a few dog food producers. Did you know that Mars owns brands like Pedigree, Nutro, Cesar and  Royal Canin? Why the different brands? It is all about Marketing! Pedigree is an average priced dog food. At about $22 for 40 lbs accessible to the average consumer. Consumers that have a bit more to spend go to Nutro or Royal Canin. Cesar targets the small breed market. Spread out they get a lot of shelf space at the local pet store and that is exactly what they want.

Small and independent dog food producers get bought by the bigger corporations and with that the ingredients often change. There is no good or bad answer concerning dog food. It is what you want and what your dog likes to eat. I combine dry and wet food. My dogs get glucosamine and fish oil as an extra every single day. Tammy swears by the raw chicken and turkey diet. Her dogs are high performance agility dogs and they work well with their diet.

We have a website that gives a good overview of dog food that is currently available: Check it out and see for yourself what the experts thought of your dog food. Ready to switch? Think twice and check the price! $60 per 40 lbs is twice as much and sometimes you may not get more.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Supplements for your dog

Are you giving your dog a supplement? If yes, which one.

We give our dogs glucosamine & chondroitin and fish oil. Read about fish oil: My vet and good friend Dani Olsen even suggest I feed my cat fish oil as it would help reduce the flakes on her coat. Since cats aren't good pill eaters we just opened the pill and put the oil on her food. Our dogs will devour their pill like a treat as most dogs would. I personally don't like the aftertaste of the fish oil. Freeze the pills and you will eliminate the aftertaste!

Our dog Chewie was born without hips. Tissue is all that is holding his back body together. How long he will be able to get up and walk we don't know. We have been providing him with clucosamine & chondroitin for a long time and he appears to be a strong dog. We do keep him lean and exercised but we do give him that little bit extra in the hope it will help to keep him walking. Read about glucoasamine & chondroitin: Glucosamine.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Love what you do. Do what you love.

Do not forget to follow our other blogs. It has been sometime since I have been able to update our blogs BUT I promise once my back is better I'll be updating with tons of stories.

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Happy Pet Day!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Our Belle

For almost a year Belle has been with us. She is a sweet dog in need of a good home. We had many wonderful applications for her but we do want to make sure that she goes to a home where she can stay and therefore we have been very strict in finding the right home. She is fine where she is with us. She is a happy dog that gets a lot of exercise and loving. We have been working intensely with her. She obeys the basic commands like sit, stay, down, etc. She is simply a wonderful dog.

Why hasn't she found the right home? Well, there is the family with the little kids. Although she does well with kids now she is still a rough player. Kids could get hurt and we believe she would do better with older kids. Then there is the family with cats. Loved them too but with her high prey drive and as first time dog owners we thought that it would not be a good match. Her restrictions narrow down the list of potential adopters but we do not want her to go to a home where they find out that she is not a match just to be returned. We have had that happen with some of our other foster dogs and believe us, they do not do well with the constant change of homes.

Belle looks beautiful but you are adopting more than just her looks. There is a lot of Lady to deal with.

For more info on Belle please check out our website:


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Disaster Guide for Pet Owners

We want to thank the SPCA Rockingham/Harrisonburg for this great guide:

Disaster Guide.

Read. Enjoy. Prepare!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Belle on TV!

Our very own foster dog Belle was on GavTV. Brigid Wasson, Santa Clara County Supervisor was being interviewed. Here a snapshot of her during the show. Belle is still up for adoption. We would really like to find a good home for her. Due to her breed and prior life she doesn't make a good match with every home and therefore we have been very selective in finding the right match for her. Interested? Contact us or the shelter for more info!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Got poop?

After every hiking adventure we let our clients know what the poop looked like if the dog eliminated during our hike. Funny? Yes, we had some good comments about it. However, most of our clients had  not realized how much information poop provides! When my kids were babies and they couldn't talk and let me know what was going on their poop was often the first indicator what could be wrong. Teething, cramps, not liking certain new food was reflected in their stool. Why should it be any different with dogs? It is not! 

On our adventure logs provide information about their dog's poop. We have found "lost" toys, a rope, a key, a nail and much more in the poop of our client dogs. 

Not impressed yet? Read this great article about PooP.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Facebook Fan Page

We have a Facebook Fan Page:
where you can find up to date pictures of our adventures.
Every dog hiker posts pictures of their hiking, beach and off leash adventures on a weekly basis.
You can find a good update on what we do, who we are and what you can expect of us. What our clients think of us: We wish we were our dog!

Hike on!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Catahoula reunion

Yesterday we had a Catahoula Reunion. We always foster for various Bay Area organizations and last summer we fostered a pregnant Catahoula mom. She bore 9 puppies and we had a big reunion yesterday. 7 of the 9 puppies made it. It was fantastic!

Chewie, Koda and Bruno


Mission Peak

7 Catahoulas, One Catahoula mix and a Golden