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Tips for hiking with your dog

Would you like to enjoy the outdoors more with your dog? Have you had problems with your dog or other dogs on the trail? Are you worried that you might hurt your dog if you hike too long with him or her?

Dog trainer Leslie Spencer-Snider offers a Dog Hiking Class at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month this fall and winter at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. 7th St. The class is $15, or sign up for four sessions for only $40.

Spencer-Snider, who uses alternative training methods for dogs and people, will go over conditioning you and your dog for the trail, proper trail etiquette, emergency first aid, hiking wit a backpack on your dog, and the laws, rules and regulations of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. She also will discuss how to handle wildlife encounters, horseback riders and mountain bikers, and the proper care for you dog’s paws.

Each class size is limited to eight dogs. Call 602-679-1955 to reserve your space.

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