September 15, 2010
Dogs on Chapter Outings
There has been some uncertainty expressed recently about the place dogs should have on chapter outings. Thought has gone into it, and here is the consensus of our organizing committee.
In general dogs aren’t allowed, but with some latitude; trip leaders may permit dogs at their discretion. The ADK gives some guidelines, reminding us that owners are responsible for a dog’s behavior. Owners are expected to ensure dogs bother neither other animals wild or domestic, nor hikers whether from their own party or others on the trail. The ADK reminds us also that dogs on hikes – like people on hikes – must be up to the physical demands of a particular trip. In addition, rules applying to the location of the hike must be obeyed. For example in the Eastern High Peaks it is a DEC rule that dogs be leashed (which is always a good idea in all locations); some locations may forbid dogs. Please contact the trip leader in advance if you wish to bring a dog, so that any special circumstances may be taken into consideration for that particular trip; and please be understanding if a leader declines to allow dogs on a particular trip – “no dogs” is the norm, “dogs allowed” is the exception.
Many very successful chapter outings have included dogs. Bringing a dog should be seen as a privilege and a responsibility. If we all treat it as such, dogs will continue to be allowed on a case by case basis.
Sep 15, 2010: Dogs on Chapter Trips