I have a 7 month old dog who is great with people and loves to swim and play outside. I have just started to get her into hiking and would like to hear from other people who hike with their dog.

I purchased a Kelty pack for her. I understand that you have to break in the dog with their new pack, has any one done this before. My wife and I really want to do this right so we can all enjoy the outdoors together.

I climb but will nevwer leave her at the base of a climb. I know that is a huge issue in the Gunks.

If any one has some good trails for hiking with a pet in the newpaltz bear mountain area that would be great.