Whether we're cross-country skiing, splitboarding or snowshoeing, we Coloradans love our winter adventures. And we love taking our furry friends with us! But there's a lot to know before you bring your dog into the woods in the winter. Here are some tips from C-RAD dog handlers. Feel free to comment with your own tips!
*This post is not meant to provide avalanche or backcountry safety tips for humans. This is purely to help keep your dog happy so she can enjoy winter mountain adventures with you!
Something we can't emphasize enough is knowing how to read your dog and not pushing her abilities in the backcountry. It's important to know what it looks like when your dog is too tired and needs a break or needs to call it a day. Recreating in the woods means you're often far from assistance, and carrying your dog out of the backcountry on skis or snowshoes will make for a difficult mission. Keep it fun for your dog and fun for you! Here are our suggestions.
You know your dog best. We've found the following gear to be great for our dogs, but some dogs don't like booties, for example, and dogs with heavy fur will likely not need a jacket. Think about your dog's individual needs when finding the right backcountry gear, and always be ready for the unexpected. Here are some of our favorite pieces of dog gear.
Most importantly, enjoy the time well-spent in the outdoors with your furry friends!
by Ashley Ojala