Dogs are certainly welcome (well-behaved, of course) to attend this free photo presentation on dog-friendly hiking trails which will inspire dogs to get out and take their humans for a hike.
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Debbi Preston, local author and dog-hiking enthusiast, will be discussing the benefits and tips about hiking together 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 22 at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills.
Tips include warnings about other animals, ticks and biting insects. Information regarding the elevation, rattlesnakes, poison oak and increased temperatures and water sources will be covered. The importance of an available leash when encountering strange dogs, horses and other pack animals, or the occasional gunshot sound will also be explored.
Preston has written two books on local hiking trails, “48 Dog-Friendly Trails” and “Dog-Friendly Trails for All Seasons,” and will cover them in her presentation. Both books will be available for sale at the event. The photo presentation segment will run about an hour with time afterward for question and answers. Under discussion will be year-round hiking choices and elevations found throughout El Dorado and surrounding counties.
Also of interest to an outdoor audience may be information regarding equestrian, mountain biking and handicapped-accessible trails. New this year is information for spring snowshoeing with your dog.