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I've been invited on a hike, will be joining 2 friends and 1 other dog. I have done this route numerous times on horse back, so I'm familiar with the route. It's old skidder, and decommissioned logging roads. It's now well traveled with atv, hikers, and trail riders. All easy walking, 5 hour route. My dog will be on a 20 ft line, she's a 18 month mini schnauzer. We will be packing lunch, I would bring some of her kibble, cooked chicken and a few blueberries, and water. She now gets 1 hour walk in the morning, 1/2 hour in the afternoon, and play times in a large fenced yard throughout the day. I know she would love to join us. What are your thoughts?
 

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I would definitely build her up to that long a hike. Without doing that, you run the risk of getting to the 'point of no return' and have her refuse to walk any further. Then, you would get to carry her all the way home.
 

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I have never done such a big hike, but I do know that you need to take it easy, my pup was a homebody, she hated going out(She dislikes all other animals, never attacks but tries to avoid them and dislikes barking) so she gained a lot of weight(35kg when her right weight was 22) so the vet asked me to slowly force her out of the house

We started walking less than a km, she ended up extremely tired, to the point that she would lay by her water bowl and drink while laying down, that was the first month, then, once she started getting used to walking, I started increasing it, a couple of blocks at a time, when we reached the 2km mark, it was around 1.5-2 months later, and she ended up tired but not overly-exhausted, as before, and nowadays, almost 8 months after starting our routine, we have walked up to 3.5 km and she still has the pep on her step, so yeah, I'd say go slowly so that next time you have a hike like that, your pupper is ready(I mean, mine nowadays makes me run some times and she has lost almost 5kg, still 8 to go)
 

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That's awesome that she's lost weight. I've had to forgo any walks for now. We got close to a foot of snow last night. I've dug out a path for her around our fenced yard. Now I'm trying to figure out the best way of getting snow balls off her legs. Anybody have any ideas?
 

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Toweling her off doesn't seem to work, unless I heat the towel in the dryer first. I've set up my groom table in the bathroom, then I use the hair dryer on medium. Bit of a pain, but it's working
 

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I have had schnauzers all my life and the snowballs in 0°C weather is always a PITA. It gets better as the weather gets colder, the snow doesn't stick anymore. I've tried the oil trick and it does help the snowballs to slide out easier and maybe not stick as much, but they always get some snow stuck. I have an Andis deshedding tool that I really suggest for schnauzers as it removes a lot of dead hairs and undercoat, cuts through tangles and mats with little to no pulling. But I find tools like that are great for separating the snowballs and breaking them apart for easier removal. Or a stripping knife works well too.

I've done the hair dryer, but I find dipping the paw in warm water (I use a tall yogurt container) to work even better/faster. My minis don't seem to mind warm water.

Lastly I use nylon jumpsuits that prevents snow from sticking and then getting wet cold in the first place. I had a pic of the jumpsuit i'll see if I can find it.
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The second one I removed the back legs because my boy wasn't a fan and his back legs never got as bad and sewed some boots on for full coverage. Sometimes with the cheaper jumpsuits (I mean they are under 10$) I remove the back legs and add them to the front legs to extend the length. Works well as a raincoat too!

I forgot to say I use sweet almond oil and it absorbs really quickly, doesn't stay oily.
 

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You can get these on Amazon/Ebay stores, I remove the back legs and add them on the front for a longer length (because they have long legs for their length). The boots are inexpensive and available at stores like that too.
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