Policies/Things to know before asking to sign up
Policies for hikes
All dogs participating in hikes must be...
-Sterilized. Exceptions may be made for intact dogs who are active show or working dogs (i.e. hunting, search and rescue, vapor wake, etc.) on a case by case
-At least one year old (Why?)
-Up to date on rabies and core vaccines. Recent titer showing sufficient antibody levels is acceptable in place of vaccination records.
-Able to come when called.
-All dogs participating in all day hikes must be comfortable swimming.
No Shock collars:
Dogs using shock collars, especially for recall, are not permitted to participate in hikes with the exception of use of shock for electric fences. Intrepid Tails does not condone or advise the use of electric fences.
Hikes are not an "as needed" service. All clients are required to schedule at least 2 regular days per week. After we have gotten a chance to bond with your dog and they have become acclimated, it is possible to scale back to one day per week. We do our best to accommodating last minute requests for extra hikes for our clients.
What is dog hiking?
We pick your dog up, bring them for a long off-leash hike with a few other four-legged friends, then bring them home. We provide fresh water, teats, transportation, and a towel-off before letting them back inside. Super simple, hassle-free. Why don't we just do leash walks? Find out here.
How long are your all day hikes?
All day hikes are a minimum of 3 hours of off-leash time.
Why can't my puppy go hiking with you?
Puppy bones and joints are soft and not fully developed. High impact activity can cause cause injury or alter development which may cause long term or even permanent damage. In addition, puppies have short attention spans and their physical energy comes in sporadic spurts. They tend to alternate between short bursts of activity and periods of rest which is incongruous with a long hike. Many young puppies cannot complete a 90 minute hike and the ones that can physically make it to the end tend to become overtired before the end of it, acting much like a toddler who is cranky or bouncing off the walls because they are overdue for their nap. Think puppy equivalent of a temper tantrum. It's no fun for anyone, including, most importantly, your dog. We think Puppy Culture does a much better, and certainly more thorough job of explaining it than we do, so if you are interested in learning more, please check out this page on their website and take a look at their fitness that fits the puppy chart.
Why do you use GPS collars? Are you worried about dogs running away or something?
We do not accept dogs who will not reliably follow the human in charge or do not reliably come when called, and we play lots of games and do training exercises to strengthen the recall of the dogs who come with us. With all of this in place, we are not worried about our dogs running away. We chose Whistle trackers in particular because we can give our clients access to them via a mobile app, and how cool is that! We certainly wonder what our dogs do without us, and we know you do too. Now you don't have to wonder! However, we also acknowledge that there is inherent risk associated with off-leash activity and that sometimes circumstances, such as forces of nature are beyond our control. Having GPS trackers on each dog helps us to be prepared for every possible emergency no matter how unlikely, and adds peace of mind for owners.
Can I see where my dog is on the GPS tracker while you guys are out?
Yes! We specifically chose Whistle GPS trackers so that we could give our clients access to their dogs location via Whistle Labs' mobile app, or from a browser on a desktop. Technology is pretty great, huh?