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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Yes, you absolutely need to properly protect your food. Proper food storage in the wilderness isn't just for you, it's also for the bears. Even if your dogs or you are able to fend off a bear, you ...
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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

Couple suggestions for meeting people on the trail with dogs, Keep the dogs leashed. When passing people put the dogs on the opposite side of yourself so that you are between the dogs and the people. ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

It can be used for sure, but there are better options. A knife would require you to be very close to the dog, whilst a stick or pepper spray would provide much greater distance between you and the ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

Your primary objective when defending yourself against stray dogs is not to kill the dog, but to avoid getting bitten make the dog leave you alone If you fight a dog with a knife, even if you manage ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

You know, most black bears are probably going to be deterred by the presence of your dogs, but bears come in all sorts of personalities and degrees of desperation for food. Your dogs might be able to ...
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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

As someone who is fine with dogs, I'm saddened that my son was nipped by a puppy when he was very young and is now very nervous when needing to walk past dogs, and there are lots of strays where I ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

Knife is not a good idea. It does not give an understandable warning to an animal. When it comes to a warning, they more likely understand a stick-shaped thing. So for carrying, light telescopic baton ...
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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

Though you don't actually state it, I get the impression you normally let your dogs roam free on your hikes. If this is correct, then you are taking a very large risk with other people's health and ...
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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

The most important thing is keeping all dogs on-leash in public areas. Technically, you can't make any person not feel afraid. But a leash will do a lot to reassure someone who is frightened or ...
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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

Some more points in addition mainly to @CharlieBrumbaugh's answer: Both in Central Europe (where I'm from) and traveling Canada I've only once in my life encountered a "visibly" and truly homeless ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

From personal experience with packs of stray dogs, especially coyotes, and also having some strange experience, carry a walking cane or staff (if you can). Dogs, while attacking as a pack, or ...
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How can I take my dog kayaking?

We're planning to take our dog kayaking in the not so distant future. We both have two Sit on Top Kayaks which easily leave him room to sit between my feet. If you can fit him in your cockpit in a sit ...
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Is it possible to differentiate between a dog howl and a wolf howl?

The answer is yes, but it may require equipment, which is not just the human ear. The publication quoted below is from Montana State University Disentangling canid howls across multiple species and ...
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How do I make people not be afraid of me and my dogs?

It's really rather simple. All dogs in all public areas must be kept under control at all times. If your dog goes toward other people, it is not under control and must be kept on a leash, as others ...
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How to rappel with a dog?

Your dog needs a climbing harness: I have a friend who goes everywhere with their dog, and they have a pro-rated harness for them. You need to get your dog a harness, and tandem rappel with them just ...
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What can I feed my dogs on a week-long hike?

There are a number of things you can do. Use some puppy kibble with the adult dog food Cut your dog food with about 25% puppy food during hiking trips. Puppy food had added calories and protein ...
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What can I feed my dogs on a week-long hike?

One problem is that dogs do not like changes in diet. Search for calorie dense or weight gain dog food. I don't want to name brands. Work that into their diet before you leave. Get packs for your ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

There are a couple of really good answers here. But I feel like something is being overlooked. You and the dogs are going to be asleep, when the bear comes walking through your camp. If the food ...
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How to deal with dogs on public hiking trails?

Disclaimer: I am from Romania, my answer is a bit tailored to this corner of the world. This issue is very common in Central/Eastern European countries and in the Balkans: not only the household dogs ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Do hang the food (or use a bear can, etc.) In my experience, wild animals are not deterred by dogs very much. A bear that lives close to humans might even be attracted to dogs: dogs frequently have ...
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How can I protect my dog from mosquitos?

Many of the medicines which work for ticks also work well against mosquitoes. Since you are taking your dog outdoors and will thus need flea and tick protection anyways, consider that as an option ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

Some places I travel to have stray dogs in the city. Can a knife be used effectively if attacked by one or more of them? I've had creepy close encounters. Probably, but it's far from ideal. The ...
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How to carry a German Shepherd up and down ladders on the trail?

What you probably need is a dog carry harness (pictured below) They're relatively easily purchased, though mostly people have them for small rather than large dogs. Finding one rated for an Alsatian ...
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How to deal with dogs on public hiking trails?

I have experienced this problem, mainly in Spain, Germany, or the Alps. Some things I have found to work: Be assertive. Show who is the boss. This doesn't come naturally to me at all but the last ...
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How can I take my dog kayaking?

There are many variables that would influence how you transport your dog. The breed, size, temperament, and training will make certain choices better than others. I often take my dog, a black lab ...
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Can a dog thru-hike 2500 miles in 6 months?

People have taken dogs on long thru hikes in about that time. This summer my dog was (I’m fairly certain) the first to complete a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. We began our adventure ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

A knife is perfectly fine to make human attackers understand to better leave one alone, however a dog will not understand what "knife" means, nor what it does. having 1-2 plastic bags with dry dog or ...
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Should I run if I see wild dogs?

There are 2 types of dog aggression you are concerned about here: Territorial agression: Most common situation, you are coming through a place they consider their turf. You ignored the "obvious" piss ...
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How to use DEET bug sprays if I have dogs?

I would spray the DEET on your clothes in places where the dogs won't lick, such as the top of a hat. I would also suggest trying to avoid using DEET by wearing long pants and sleeves to avoid the ...
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