Dogs that get enough exercise are happier and more relaxed in their environment. Those with weight or joint troubles, in particular, often feel better and have more energy when they get regular exercise.
We’ll work with you to carefully select the hike that best suit your dog’s needs. We’ll keep a close eye on him to make certain he is enjoying the hike, and we’ll keep in contact with you to ensure the best experience possible for both you and your dog.
Hiking groups consist of one person and up to ten dogs. We can pick your dog up or you can bring them to Quick Paws before the scheduled departure time. The total hike time excludes travel; the clock doesn’t start until the hikers’ paws hit the trail and doesn’t stop until the last dog loads back into the car. Why not let your pup come play with us, romp in the woods, and splash in a creek while you’re hard at work? Your pup will come home happy and ready for a nap!
We hike on private land or on federal Lolo National Forest property. Water is provided during and after all hikes, and we’ll give you as much notice as possible if we must cancel a hike due to extreme weather or poor air quality conditions. Reservations are recommended, and 24-hours’ notice is required if you must cancel a hike reservation. We limit our intake of new dogs to be sure we give our absolute best attention to pets already in our care.
We limit our capacity for group hikes and our waiting list for new clients is usually several months and occasionally as long as twelve months. Call now to get on our waiting list!
As with daycare and boarding, all dogs joining us for hikes must be friendly with other dogs and complete our introductory paperwork prior to their first hike. All dogs must be at least four months old, fully vaccinated, and spayed or neutered after six months of age. We recommend dogs be at least six months old to do a 2-Hour hike and one year old for a 3-Hour hike to avoid over-stressing developing young bones and joints.
Of course, your dog must be fairly reliable off-leash, physically healthy, and enjoy hiking with a group. We will do our best to keep your dog safe and accounted for at all times, but there are significant risks involved in off-leash dog hikes in the woods. Some dogs may run away as the result of unpredictable encounters with horses or deer, while others simply become disoriented or choose to not stay with the pack. If your dog runs away on one of our hikes, search services may be at your expense; Quick Paws may waive or discount search fees at our discretion. Losing your beloved pet is a terribly traumatic and scary experience, and you should weigh these risks carefully before signing up your dog for off-leash hikes.
If you are concerned your dog might wander away, we offer GPS tracking ($10/hike) to insure we know where she is roaming at all times! We offer this service free of charge for the first hike. Although GPS doesn’t guarantee the safety or exact location of a dog at any time, it certainly makes it easier to keep track of your dog if she tends to wander.
Our daily hike pictures are worth a thousand “woofs”! We take photos on every group hike and post them within 24 hours (link at right). We also sell copies of the photos, so make a note of your favorites!
Watch the dogs zooming through some fresh powder:
There are no hikes on holidays: New Years’ Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.