Hiking with Pets
- Pets must be kept on a leash six
feet or less at all times. Your
compliance will ensure a safe and
happy visit to Blue Sky for your
pet and other reserve visitors.
- Pets must be picked up after.
Dogs can transmit disease to wild
animals without coming into
contact with them. Wildlife may
smell or eat dog feces. Doggie bag
dispensers can be found in the
parking lot, at the trailhead, and at the trail junction to Lake Poway.
Several garbage cans can be
found along the trail to make
- Dogs and horses must stay on the main trail
(Green Valley Truck Trail), and
are not permitted on the Creekside
Trail, or in the Oak Grove. This
area is of particular importance to
wildlife for food and water.
- Dogs should never be allowed to
disturb or chase any kind of
FOR YOUR PET’S SAFETY AND COMFORT
Vaccinating your pet against rabies is
very cheap insurance against this disease. Leave unvaccinated pets at home - don’t put your dog or wildlife at
- Jog or hike within your dog’s limits, and
bring water for them. Dogs do not eliminate heat as efficiently as humans.
- Keep nails trimmed - long nails will hurt
their feet during and after a hike.
- Are your dog’s footpads tough enough
for the trail? Check for cracks or sores
before going on your hike.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
Pets can pick up and distribute parasites (tapeworms, fleas and ticks). Ticks carry a variety
of diseases, including Lyme disease. Check your dog during and after each hike, particularly around the ears, neck and the underbelly. Tick prevention measures are available for dogs.
Note for horse owners: Your horse can pick up ticks too!
Dogs can transmit poison oak to you. Avoid poison oak by keeping your dog on the trails. If
you know your dog has come into contact with poison oak give him/her a bath as soon as you gethome. If traveling by car, make sure you clean the car seat too! More about poison oak.
Be prepared to guard your dog against rattlesnakes! When a dog sees or hears
a rattlesnake, he/she will naturally be curious and want to explore. Dogs, once
they run up to a rattlesnake will be bitten on the face or on a front leg. Swelling and pain will begin within seconds. If a rattlesnake bites your dog, he/she will need emergency veterinary care to give your dog the best chance of recovery.
POSSIBLE PREVENTIVE MEASURES INCLUDE:
Rattlesnake bite caccinations are available and, although not complete protection, may greatly
reduce the amount of antivenin a pet
might need when bitten. Check with your
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
Rattlesnake avoidance training can teach
your dog to avoid the danger of being
bitten by a rattlesnake. It teaches them to
respond, with aversion, to the sound,
smell and visual stimulus of a rattlesnake
and therefore avoid being bitten by one.