Riley on the Hub Lake Trail in Montana

Trials and Tribulations on the Trail — To Leash or not to Leash?

For me, the top three reasons to hike with a dog on a leash are safety, stewardship, and good manners. Oh, and sometimes it is a rule of a particular public space. You don’t want to be that “bad apple” who thinks the rules don’t apply to you and your dog, do you? This fits under the good manners category, I would say.