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I'm making a trip up to BC in a few weeks and one of the guys going wants to bring his dog. I've been looking, with limited success, what local trail etiquette is about riding with dogs. We will be riding stuff in Whistler valley, Squamish, and Vancouver (primarily Mt. Fromme).

Anything we (really he) needs to know?
 

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When you are in a Provincial Park the dog must be on a leash.
Like when you ride around Alice Lake in Squamish. Just those trails that go into the park.

Otherwise, from what I know I have seen dogs on most of the trials that I have ridden.
When in Whistler you can't take the dog on the Bike Park and any trails on Whistler/Blackcomb.
On all the other trails I have ridden I have seen dogs.

But to make it clear I don't have a dog so it is one of those things I really did not look into.
However, riding with those that have dogs you will be fine.
Never had any issues with dogs on trails.
However one problem will be how your dog will do when you encounter bears.
Lots of them or signs of them around and it depends how well trained your dog is when encountering Wildlife.

Not sure if that helps.....
 

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When you are in a Provincial Park the dog must be on a leash.
Like when you ride around Alice Lake in Squamish. Just those trails that go into the park.

Otherwise, from what I know I have seen dogs on most of the trials that I have ridden.
When in Whistler you can't take the dog on the Bike Park and any trails on Whistler/Blackcomb.
On all the other trails I have ridden I have seen dogs.

But to make it clear I don't have a dog so it is one of those things I really did not look into.
However, riding with those that have dogs you will be fine.
Never had any issues with dogs on trails.
However one problem will be how your dog will do when you encounter bears.
Lots of them or signs of them around and it depends how well trained your dog is when encountering Wildlife.

Not sure if that helps.....
Covered everything except also no dogs allowed up to the sproatt alpine trails (lord of the squirrels etc)
 

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However one problem will be how your dog will do when you encounter bears.
Lots of them or signs of them around and it depends how well trained your dog is when encountering Wildlife.
Good point.

These are also popular trails so you'd want to be pretty confident it's a good trail dog and isn't going to end up being a problem around other riders and other dogs.
 

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I know this whole "trail dog" thing is all the cool thing right now.

But it's not.

Leave the pup at home. Please. Everyone thinks THEIR dog is so great, it isn't. Like bringing your kids to a nice restaurant, then wondering why people are annoyed by your "well behaved and quiet" **** machine that is crying.

I have been active in dog rescue for quite some time. Currently take my rescue horse out for walks often (lives with my ex wife). I love them, but I recognize their place isn't wandering around on the trails.
 

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OP, go to an unfamiliar trail system then focus on a massive jump.
Nailed it.
But wait....at the last second watch out on the backslope for that random dog that showed up from an older fella out on a morning walk with his beloved pet.

I think dogs on trails like Whistler should be disallowed. No way should a family pet be allowed to roam those trails.
 

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The friend I normally rid with brings his dog and here are my observations (I am a non-dog owner).

- My buddy is faster than me, so he usually leads. Sometimes the dog gets interested in something on the trail and blocks the trail. Really annoying
- his dog seems to suffer from cut paws a lot while trail running
- we went away for a couple of days to ride, dog damaged his paw, so we had to limit the number of rides and how long we were away for during the day
- being a non-dog owner, I don’t want the dog in my vehicle after a trail ride, getting paw prints everywhere and nose prints on the interior glass etc

Trail dogs seem like a cool idea, but like many cool ideas, it falls apart in the execution.
 

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Thanks for the info. I agree with some of the anti-trail dog sentiment, especially around trails with blind make or break features or dirty dogs in my own vehicle, too many owners not cleaning up after their dog, etc...

The guy is a responsible owner and is happy to leave the dog at home/day care when warranted. We'll keep the pup outta the alpine zone and keep him contained within our group otherwise.

Hope to see you on the trail!
 

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Don't own a dog but I like them and have no issues with them on the trail (outside of parks and Sproatt alpine due to water supply/bear risk) but on a road trip I would not want my friends bringing their dogs because as I understand it you should not run your dog into the ground with long rides and consecutive rides (i.e. daily) given the wear and tear on them. I would not want to limit the volume of riding I am going to be able to do on a road trip at all because of a dog either on the trail or waiting in a truck/hotel.
 

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My dog has been on a few trail rides. Shes getting the hang of it. But its a nuisance really. If shes in front and sees a squirrel its an instant sideways stop and im almost over the bars. Too dangerous. If i yell at her and make her stay behind me, then i sometimes speed a little too much just to keep her back there. Distracting a little from the joy of the ride. But there are also lots of good things, She gets exercise, it makes her happy, you dont feel entirely alone on a trail ride. Its a pretty happy friend to have around!


Any trail that allows dogs at all, usually has some potential dog **** in the face from another owners dog. Those owners are usually the walkers with a coffee and a friend and give no attention to what their dog is doing at all.
 

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I would also make sure that his insurance is working if an incident happens on these trails, parks etc.....Otherwise that will be very costly $$$ for him if something happens to someone.....
 

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Trail dogs are the best and better than any uptight humans. Mine is good for about an hr/10 miles or so. In Moab for the Whole Enchilada she did chill with a dog sitter. Nose prints on my car windows tho....get the gun. jk of course.
 
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