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The trail hound's handbook : your family guide to hiking with dogs
Eastwood, Ellen.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Birmingham : Wilderness Press, [2012]

Physical Description:
74 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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SF427.455 .E37 2012 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Trail Hound's Handbook aims to turn children on to nature and hiking by introducing them to the highly skilled, naturally enthusiastic trail guide that is the family dog. The book reinvents the hiking guidebook as a pet-focused, outdoor activity guide for children and their families. With a lighthearted voice and a slew of fun facts, the format provides immediate pay-off to the curious hiking novice and dog-loving kid, as well as valuable, common-sense skills to support a lifetime of outdoor adventure. The book'scompanion website, invites young trail hounds to share their own dog-powered adventures with the world. Like the book, the website aims to keep the topic fun and dynamic, offering select news, and useful resource links, as well as fun, related videos and activities.

Author Notes

"Most of the self-confidence I had as a young teen," says author Ellen Eastwood, "I picked up along a hiking trail. The rest probably came from the slobbering affections of the family dog."

It's no surprise then, that a lifetime of dog-ownership and miles of wilderness trails led Ellen to create The Trail Hound's Handbook . Having earned a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ellen has more than 15 years of advertising and newsletter copywriting and design experience. Years in the classroom with pre-school and school-age children, and her current position as mother of four (2 children, 2 dogs) further prepared her for writing this book.

Ellen and her pack currently reside in Westlake Village, California, surrounded by the rugged Santa Monica Mountains. When she's not outside with her dogs, Ellen is volunteering at her kids' schools, working on her new website, , or playing basketball in a local women's league.

Table of Contents

1 Unleash the Inner Trail Houndp. 1
Why dogs like to hike with their kids
2 You Scratch His Backp. 4
Why Kids will like hiking with their dogs
3 Some Dogs Are Mountain Goatsp. 6
Evaluating your dog's fitness for the trail
4 Rally the Packp. 14
Preparing for the hike / hike / hiking gear / first aid for Fido
5 Go, Dog, Go!p. 21
Traveling with our dog / canine car safety
6 Put Your Pest Paw Forwardp. 25
Hiking basics and etiquette / safe, responsible hiking with dogs
7 Traits of a Trail Hound: A Nose for Adventurep. 21
8 Traits of a Trail Hound: Exceptional Earsp. 35
9 Traits of a Trail Hound: A Keen Evep. 38
10 Track like the Experts
Following your dog's lead / recognizing signs of wildlife
11 Whoa, Ick, and Oops!p. 43
Safe wildlife encounters / avoiding hazards on the trail
12 Resting Your Dogsp. 55
The post-hike cooldown
13 Kibbles and Bitsp. 57
Photography on the trail / finding your trail
14 A Trail Hound's Journalp. 59
A Trail Hound's Glossaryp. 64
Indexp. 66
About the Authorp. 74