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Humane Society, Sandburg home offer tips on 'pawsitive' hiking experience

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and Blue Ridge Humane Society are partnering to provide a new series of videos for pet owners to guide them through the steps and preparation for safe and fun hiking with their dog.

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The videos will feature recommendations from Crystal Tysz, training and behavior manager for the Blue Ridge Humane Society. The series begins Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a special Virtual Visitors Center Q&A hosted on Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s Facebook page. Videos will be released weekly, with subjects ranging from how to know if you and your dog are ready to hike, hiking in the heat, trail etiquette, and more. Join the virtual visitor center on the Carl Sandburg Home NHS Facebook page from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, and start learning about ways to improve your pet hiking adventure.
“We’re excited to partner with the Blue Ridge Humane Society so dogs and their humans can have safe, fun, and ‘pawsitive’ experiences on public trails," Park Superintendent Polly Angelakis said.
"Hiking is a great activity for everyone," Blue Ridge Humane Society Executive Director Angela Prodrick said. "We are happy to do our part to educate pet owners on the small steps they can take to make hiking a safe and enjoyable activity for themselves, their pets, and other trail users.”