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Pack Hikes with the Dog Lady

Dogs run and play with a trusted pack in the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest. These hikes will leave your dog happy, tired, and well trained!

Meet the Pack
  • What is a Pack Hike?

    About Pack Hikes

    A pack hike is an alternative way to exercise and socialize your dog. Pack Hikes give your dog a chance to have a change in scenery once or twice a week, have a group of friends that only consists of five to seven dogs, and the ability to play and run in a way few daycare facilities can provide.

    Training throughout the whole hike is an important part of the Pack Hike, it provides mental stimulation and teaches critical skills like; recall, proper ways to meet new dogs, manners for meeting strangers, and appropriate play amongst the pack members.

    With the freedom to run and play with a trusted pack in the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest, these hikes will leave your dog happy, tired, and well trained!

    Pack Hikes are for every dog!

    Some dogs may find the Pack Hike fits their needs or provides that critical break from routine that can make all the difference in their behavior and energy levels.

    Not every dog thrives in a daycare facility. Even those excellent facilities that provide socialization, exercise and stimulation may not be quite right for some dogs. Dogs who tend to seclude themselves, act out aggressively if they feel overwhelmed, or simply “get bored” after months of the same routine are ideal candidates for the Pack Hike.

    The Pack Hike is a great outlet for dogs to burn off extra energy and an easier place to socialize and make friends in an intimate, small group setting.

    Pack Hike participants must have completed a training package with Erin before enrolling in a pack hike.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate dogs with dog aggression issues on the Pack Hikes, but they are very welcome for private sessions. Please contact Erin if you have any questions about this.

  • A Typical Pack Hike

    A Typical Pack Hike Schedule:
    The entire Pack Hike adventure starts around 11:00 AM and ends around 3:00 PM.

    • 11:00 AM: We begin our pick-up route. Pick-up times may vary depending on where you live. Each dog is properly kenneled in the car for safety.
    • 12:00 PM: We arrive at one of our two Pack Hike locations; the 1000 acre dog park or the “Lewis and Clark State Park”.
    • 12:00 - 2:00 PM: (times may vary depending on the day - weather, traffic, etc.) We do our on-leash portion of the Pack Hike.
    • 2:00 -2:30 PM: We spend about 30 min in an off-leash area - usually at or near water on hot days.
    • 2:30 PM: Load everyone up and head back home.
    • 3:00 PM: We being our drop-off route. Drop off times may vary depending on traffic and drop-off locations.

    During the ON-LEASH Portion of the Pack Hike:

    All dogs are on-leash until we arrive safely to off-leash area. This part of the Pack Hike is where we really work with the dogs to train critical trail skills like greeting other people and dogs, recall, and appropriate play with other dogs.

    We use a box clicker and a variety of treats ( string cheese, a non grain treat, or a hot dogs) during training. I am familiar with dog allergies as well - talk to me if you have any concerns about this.

    During the OFF-LEASH Portion of the Pack Hike:

    During the off-leash portion of the day, we stay as a close pack. We head to our first open space for play time. There are a few open fields we like to go to first where we throw ball, toss a frisbee, or interact with them to get the pack to play and really stretch their legs.

    Once we see happy faces and flopping tongues we have a water break. We always provide plenty of water breaks and carry water and multiple travel bowls with us at all times.

    At the River (summer only):

    Next it’s time for the river. We only spend about 30 minutes at the river depending on the energy of the day.

    All new dogs wear a life vest for safety, and all dogs under 20 pounds must wear one at all times while at the river.

    This is where we allow our pack to interact with dogs already at the river in a controlled manner. With a smaller pack and the strong recall work along with the trust and respect already developed during the first part of the Pack Hike, we are able to ensure the interactions are controlled and safe.

    If, for any reason, the leader of the pack decides the river is unfit for that pack of the day, we will spend more time hiking or throwing ball in the field.

  • Join A Pack Hike

    How To Get Ready to Join a Pack Hike:

    • You must complete a Pack Hike Prep training package with me before joining a pack hike.
    • Pack Hike Prep Training Package:
      lessons occur once a week for 4 consecutive weeks
      lessons cover recall, leash handling, clicker training, and establishing a bond between your dog and I.
      training packages cost $200 for 4 lessons.
    • There will be some lessons where your dog will train alongside my dogs to build a relationship as well.
    • Once I feel your dog is ready, I will construct a proper pack for him / her to be established in.
    • It may take more than a month depending on your dog. Please note that if you do not attend consecutive training sessions, it can take much longer.
    • I provide all treats and equipment, however, if your dog has a particular food allergy you will need to provide proper treats.
    • A waiver must be signed before any dog participates in a Pack Hike.
  • Pack Hike Pricing

    Pack Hike Pricing:

    • $200 for 4 Pack Hike Prep lessons * You must complete a Pack Hike Prep training package with me before joining a pack hike.
    • $70 for a single Pack Hike
    • $240 for a package of 4 Pack Hikes ($60/hike)
    • $250 for a package of 6 Pack Hike ($50/hike)

    • Please Note:
      A waiver must be signed before any dog participates in a Pack Hike
      Pack Hikes must be scheduled one week in advance
      Payment is required in advance of each Pack Hike
      You must have completed 4 consecutive prep lessons prior to scheduling your first Pack Hike

Meet The Pack
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Erin
Trainer

I have over ten years of experience working in the dog industry. I am a certified professional dog trainer, a Karen Pryor clicker training partner, and am certified in pet first aid.

I actively train with my Australian shepherd in Rally-O competitions, and regularly train my pack out on Oregon’s amazing hiking trails year-round.

In addition to my own pack, I have trained more dogs that I could count and have experience with puppies of all ages, adult rescue dogs, and purebred dogs.

Read more about me & my training style here

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Angela
Trainer

Angela's passion for dogs comes from the love and relationships she has had with them all her life; especially with her favorite fetch and hiking buddies; Gus and Jimmy.

Angela began her career in the dog business as a groomer where she learned how to handle all kinds of dogs. She quickly realized she wanted to expand her knowledge about dogs so she began working at a dog daycare and later as an assistant at a veterinary office.

She brings her considerable skill and passion for dogs and for learning about all aspects of dog care and training to The Down to Earth Dog Lady as part of the Pack Hike team and as a dog walker and daycare provider.

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Kim
Trainer

Kim has owned dogs since she was a little girl with her family in Phoenix, Arizona and she has loved all animals her entire life. But when she adopted her first puppy Skully, the canine lifestyle deal was sealed.

Kim has been working with Skully since puppy-hood and loves everything about being a good dog owner.

Since joining the pack hikes, Skully's recall and socialization skills improved immensely. So much so, that Skully now joins us on some of our larger pack hike days to help keep that pack together and make sure everyone is having a good time!

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Otis

Otis is a spunky 8 year old terrier who has been with Erin since the beginning. His goofy characteristics and gentle charm makes him the perfect assistant in most lessons with puppies, and out on the town lessons.

Otis understands what it’s like to work through tough problems - he has had his share! My clients take confidence from Otis that they can help their dog overcome issues too! He’ll greet you and your dog with a kiss on the face and make you laugh through any training session.

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Dahlia

Dahlia is one of our pack leaders on the Pack Hikes. She has been with me since she was eight weeks old and we have been training since day one. Now, at two years old, she will help build your dog’s confidence out on the town, in home, and out on the trail. Dahlia brings a wonderful motherly and calming energy to any training session.

She helps me during leash aggression training sessions, and makes sure your dog comes back when called on hikes. If your dog loves a good frisbee or fetch game Dahlia’s right there to provide extra fun!

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Skully

Skully is our sweet and boundlessly energetic “fitness trainer”. If your dog is a playful runner Skully will provide an amazing amount of exercise while also making sure no one strays too far from the pack. Skully and Kim have been together since Skully was eight weeks old. Now, at three years old, Skully is not only a great pack leader, she is also a perfect example of how loving, gentle, and trainable American Staffordshire terriers really can be.