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Waterfall hiking with your dog Going hiking with your dog and coming upon a waterfall is one of life's simple pleasures. To Dudley the dog, it's just the best place to cool down after a spirited hike. Thom Benson, communications manager at the Tennessee Aquarium, thinks of Dudley as his best friend. Thom moved to Chattanooga twelve years ago with his wife and family, bought a house on Signal Mou...

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Waterfall Hiking With Your Dog

By Sally Schloss for WebVet

Going hiking with your dog and coming upon a waterfall is one of life's simple pleasures. To Dudley the dog, it's just the best place to cool down after a spirited hike.

Thom Benson, communications manager at the Tennessee Aquarium, thinks of Dudley as his best friend. Thom moved to Chattanooga twelve years ago with his wife and family, bought a house on Signal Mountain, adopted one-year-old Dudley and picked up a book that was to serve as a map to their adventures. A bond between man and dog formed during their pursuit of waterfalls in Tennessee.

"It's waterfall heaven in this part of the country -- too many to count,'' Thom said. "Duds and I can hike to several from our own front door. It's terrific that all the state parks around here allow dogs on trails as long as they're leashed.''

Safety tips

In an article on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine's Web site, Dr. Gerald Pijanowski reminds hikers about being safe on the trail with their dogs. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure both you and your dog are in condition for the length of the hikes you'll be taking together.
  • Work up to more demanding hikes slowly, especially when increasing elevation.
  • Stop and take frequent rest breaks, preferably in the shade, and make sure your pooch gets plenty of water by carrying a generous supply. Other helpful items to bring along might be a dog water bottle or a collapsible bowl for drinking wate...

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