Frequently Asked Questions

(or at least ones that should be asked!)

What are the rules for participating in a K9 Trailblazers hike?
Why do I have to keep my dog on leash?
Why do I need to bury or pack out my dog's poop?
How do I find out about your hikes?
What is your cancellation policy?
Do I have to have a dog to come on a hike and can I bring guests?
What should I bring on the hike?
Are there restrictions on breeds or mixes of breeds that can attend a K9TB hike?
How old does my dog have to be before he can attend a K9TB hike?
Are K9TB shirts available for sale to the general public?

What are the rules for participating in a K9 Trailblazers hike?
K9 Trailblazers relies heavily on the responsibility and good judgment of individual owners, but we do have a few rules:  Dogs (and people) must be well behaved and under control at all times. We require that dogs wear an I.D. tag and be on a standard 6-8 foot leash not "Flexi" or extendable leads and we also require that you scoop your dog's poop and carry it out with you or bury it (if allowed in that area). For your safety and the safety of others on the hike, your dog must be current on vaccination for rabies, and should be current on vaccinations for other illnesses as recommended by your veterinarian. 

You must also come prepared.  That means that you're physically capable of making the hike, you've brought enough water for you and your dog and that you are wearing sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support.  If hike leaders do not feel that you are prepared, they reserve the right to turn you away at the trailhead.

Why do I have to keep my dog on leash?
It's the law in most places we hike. Also, it's good "public relations" because it insures that all dogs on our hike are under control and that other people on the trail can quickly perceive this.

Why do I need to bury or pack out my dog's poop?
Kicking dog poop into the underbrush, or just throwing a few leaves over it, does not prevent someone from walking through it. People leave the trail for a variety of reasons, including to sit down & have lunch! So, either pick it up & pack it out, or dig a hole 6-8 inches deep & bury it.

How do I find out about your hikes?
The "schedule" section of the web site lists our upcoming hikes.  Detailed information on the hikes will be available there, and we e-mail meeting time and place information to interested hikers. If you would like to receive our announcements, you will need an email address.  Go to the "contacts" page and send us an e-mail.  We'd love to have you join us.

What is your cancellation policy?
In general we hike rain, snow, or shine.  Hikes are cancelled in the event of severe or dangerous weather conditions, or if weather conditions make hiking conditions hazardous.

Do I have to have a dog to come on a hike and can I bring guests?
Dogless people are always welcome on our hikes.  In fact, most of our hikes are joint hikes with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.  You may bring guests, but they must be pre-registered for the hike.  Guests should be made aware of the difficulty of the hike, come properly equipped, and agree to follow our rules. Of course anyone who doesn't like dogs should NOT come!  Also, please do not attempt to register a number of people at once.  Where practical we request that we have the e-mail addresses of everyone signed up so that we can notify them of hike announcements.

What should I bring on the hike?
Be prepared for the weather and the trail. That means bring a hat and sunscreen if necessary and dress in layers on cold days. 

Many of the trails we hike are rocky, so sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support are a requirement. Be sure to bring enough water for you and your dog and you may also wish to bring snacks for both of you as well. Itís a good idea to carry some simple first aid supplies for yourself and your dog along with a copy of your dogís vaccination records and the phone number of your veterinarian.

Are there restrictions on breeds or mixes of breeds that can attend a K9TB hike?

All breeds and mixes are welcome on our hikes.  Our only requirement is that both the dogs and handlers are well behaved and under control.

 

How old does my dog have to be before he can attend a K9TB hike?

The age that a dog can start hiking depends on many factors.  Take a look at our "Hiking Information" section for some guidance on conditioning your dog for the trail.

Are K9TB shirts available for sale to the general public?

We offer K9TB shirts and some other items through on-line merchants at Zazzle.com and Cafepress.com.  These companies make and sell the shirts and get most of the profit.  The only thing we ask is that you hike responsibly when wearing or carrying the K9TB logo!