AS a nature writer and former wilderness ranger, Ceiridwen Terrill has spent a lot of time roaming the wilderness, often with her dogs. Her treks with Inyo, a wolf and husky mix she adopted as a traveling companion, are the subject of her new book “Part Wild.” And her shepherd mix, Argos, has been trained to carry his own backpack. “Even at 12 years old, he can put in the miles,” she said on the phone from Portland, Ore., where she lives and teaches at Concordia University.
Hiking with dogs helps Ms. Terrill feel safer on the trail and is a great bonding experience, she said. But there are guidelines that hikers should adhere to for the safety of both wild and domestic animals. Here are excerpts from a conversation about trekking the great outdoors with a canine companion.
Q. How do you prepare for a long trek with your dog?