Sophie’s Clinic: Hike with Dogs

Sophie’s Clinic: Hike with Dogs

Tips and Techniques for safe, responsible trail fun for you and your canine

Presented by

Kathy Wendt, DVM

Dan A. Nelson, Author

Sophie, Labrador Retriever 

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. It’s A Dog’s  World Training and Agility Center 16024 60th. Street E., Sumner, WA 98390

Before hitting the trails with your dogs, you need to think about more than just where to go. Join us at It’s A Dog’s World Training and Agility Center to learn how to find dog-friendly routes but also how to stay safe while enjoying the wild country. You'll learn how to properly prepare your dog (and yourself) for the physical exertions of mountain hiking. We'll provide information on trail stewardship so you can help ensure our forest trails are kept open to dogs. And we'll show you some of the gear and techniques that will make your hikes more enjoyable for you and dogs.  … Dogs may attend this clinic … Dr. Kathy Wendt founded Sumner Veterinary Hospital in 1983. In 2000 she launched It’s a Dog’s World, a world-class training and agility center on the campus of Sumner Veterinary Hospital. She lives in the Tacoma-area with her husband and their four dogs: Gidget, Wiki, Bug and Flirt. Dr. Wendt has a passion for competing in agility and hiking the beautiful NW with her dogs. Dan A. Nelson created the best-selling “Best Hikes with Dogs” guidebook series for The Mountaineers Books, and with his yellow lab, Parka, he authored its first title, “Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington.” Today, Dan and another young lab, Sophie, continue to research new hiking routes while he works as a contributor to The Seattle Times, BACKPACKER magazine and Mens Journal magazine. He specializes in northwest destinations and outdoor equipment reviews. He is also author or editor of several other outdoor guidebooks, published by The Mountaineers Books.

$5.00 suggested donation per person

A selection of Ruffwear dog backpacks will be available to try on while learning to properly fit your dog. These packs will be available for sale at the conclusion of the evening with all sales proceeds, as well as the other donations, going to:

German Shepherd Search Dogs of Washington. (Note: they encourage all breeds to participate these days.)

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