ACCESS AND ADVOCACY
How can you tell if a trail is
Look for posted signs. Generally, you
want to be away from crowded trail-use
areas. Most parks require your dog to be
on a leash. More remote areas might make
more sense for you and your dog.
Do you use any kind of leash or
lead? Does this depend on the type of
There is a company called Ruff Wear
that makes a harness with a handle on
the back. These work well if you ever have
to grab your dog quickly. It won’t hinder
movement or trip the dog. The harness is
a great place to hang a bell. This lets other
trail users know you are coming.
What can you mention about
being courteous to other trail users?
Obviously not everyone likes dogs,
and some people are scared of them.
How do you address this?
Be the person you would like to encounter on the trail. Always yield. Pull over and
have your dog sit. The handle harness is
great for this because some people do not
like dogs. Even people who do like dogs do
not know your dog. We are our own rolling
PR campaign. Make a good impression on
One bad apple seems to ruin it for
everyone. What are some tips you can
give for not being “that guy”?
Carry poop bags. Pack out your poop.
Leave the spiked collar at home. Project
Should you bring a trail dog on a
We won’t bring a dog on big group rides.
Small groups with friends who know your
dog can be fine. You learn what to expect
from your human riding buddies on the
trail, and the same is true for your dog.
People who haven’t ridden with your dog
might do something that is unexpected and
spook your dog. This could lead to a crash
for a rider or your dog getting hit. Safety
and familiarity are important. ❏
“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like
dogs, but I trust a
dog when it doesn’t
like a person.” —Bill Murray
Photo by Bob Ward