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10 Reminders for Bringing Your Dog to the Crag and 15 Cute Pups

Be prepared when you take your dog to the crag this year. “I have plenty of poop bags and plan to clean up after my dog and pack it out”

Photo by: Brandon Pullan

Today is National Puppy Day so we’re celebrating by sharing photos of some of our favourite four-legged companions. While not all climbing areas allow dogs, it’s always great seeing them around at the places that do.

Before you head out, make sure the crag you’re visiting is dog friendly, this will avoid any disappointment at the trailhead. The Access Fund came up with a handy Crag Dog Quiz to ensure that you  and your dog are ready for a day at the crag.

Crag Dog Quiz

☑️ “I have checked the rules and regulations ahead of time to make sure my dog is allowed at the climbing area”
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☑️ “I have a leash or tether to restrain my dog if needed or if land rules require it”
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☑️ “I will keep my dog out of the way of belayers, spotters, and other people’s gear”
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☑️“I have adequate food and water for my dog’s day out.
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☑️“I have plenty of poop bags and plan to clean up after my dog and pack it out”
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☑️“My dog responds consistently to verbal commands and can be controlled around other people and dogs.”
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☑️“My dog shows no sign of aggression toward people and other dogs”
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☑️“My dog doesn’t bark and whine incessantly”
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☑️“My dog doesn’t dig or chase wildlife”
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☑️“I am prepared to scrap my climbing day and leave with my bad dog if they fail to meet these guidelines”
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If you are unable to check all of the boxes, please reconsider bringing your dog to the crag & potentially even the campground.

15 Cute Crag Dogs

Lead photo: Brandon Pullan