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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby highpilgrim » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:50 pm

zrsimpson wrote:She's also really good with children, other dogs, and people


Yes, perhaps. How about an Elk? As someone who has trained dogs professionally, and has experienced highly trained dogs doing completely unpredictable things when confronted with something for which they haven't been conditioned, a leash is the only sure way of controlling them for most dog owners.
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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby cheeseburglar » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:55 pm

highpilgrim wrote: How about an Elk?


As a siberian owner, I can almost guarantee the dog will chase an elk. It may chase the elk even if the owner has a leash in their hand.
But what's the problem with a dog chasing an elk?
Look past the short sighted laws of the land.
There used to be wolves and coyotes chasing elk, but we done shot them.
Dogs chasing wildlife are just filling a missing ecologic niche.
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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby Tory Wells » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:17 pm

cheeseburglar wrote:Let the dog chase marmots. That's what they were bred to do, don't deny them their place in the world.

Damn straight. No marmot ever chewed on my pack or clothes, because my dog was always there to chase them back in their holes.
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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby highpilgrim » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:19 pm

cheeseburglar wrote:There used to be wolves and coyotes chasing elk, but we done shot them.
Dogs chasing wildlife are just filling a missing ecologic niche.


You're right, Cheese.

I just like seeing the elk and other beasties. I can see your dog, or any other type of pooch, by looking off my front porch. When I'm in the sticks, I want to see lions and tigers and bears. And I don't want to step in dogshXt while I'm doing it.

But I'm ok with properly trained or controlled dogs. I'll just get up and down before the Marley and Me folks get out of bed.
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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby cheeseburglar » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:59 pm

highpilgrim wrote:I just like seeing the elk and other beasties.


Easy enough. Don't take your untrained dog, walk part way up the standard 14er route, then ascend a ridge and look into the next drainage over that doesn't have a subdivision in it.
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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby greenhorn1 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:33 am

Sounds like from a few of the other comments regarding talus conditions, Mt Princeton is NOT the best choice for your dog to climb up.
When I did it last year, I found the terrain to be suprisingly difficult and the rocks are very sharp. There are some seasoned dogs out there who are used to the terrain in CO, but if your dog is a city dog or unaccustomed to rugged terrain, I wouldn't recommend it.
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Re: should I bring my dog on Mt. Princeton?

Postby Joygo » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:09 pm

Saw several dogs on Princeton last week. The smaller dogs seemed to be doing OK. The bigger dogs - Labs, Goldens - actually looked scared (is that possible?!). The multitude of rocks makes it very difficult for two-legged creatures to find a good foothold. Leave your dog at home for this one.

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