The Trail Hound’s Handbook

Want to take your dog hiking for the first time? Whether you’re new to the hiking scene and want to bring your dog along or have been hiking for years, this book is a great resource.

The Trail Hound’s Handbook by Ellen Eastwood

Geared toward families with children and dogs, the thing I really appreciate about this book is that it’s no nonsense, thorough (without being too thorough), and easy on the eyes. Every page is chock-full of photos and tidbits of information that make you think “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “What a great idea!”

In The Trail Hound’s Handbook, Eastwood writes about dogs as a species before delving into the proper way to introduce them to hiking and, subsequently, what to look for when you’re out on the trail. She covers everything from equipment to scat to poison plants.

Who woulda thunk…an unused poop bag as an impromptu water bowl?!

One of my favorite tidbits of information that Eastwood writes about is the importance of the “leave it” command. It can be invaluable when you’re on the trail, that’s for sure.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow, informative, family-friendly book about hiking with your dog, The Trail Hound’s Handbook is for you. And, at under $10 on the Wilderness Press site, it’s a great value that you’ll definitely use through many years of hiking with your dog.

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