Activities For Dogs In Denali National Park

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Introduction

The Denali National State Park is over 325 thousand acres of wilderness and beauty. You can enjoy all kinds of activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, and much more. Your canine kid is allowed to join you on most excursions, but it is best to check with the park website or visitor center for specific rules. With mountain ranges, glacier valleys, gorges, and an eight-thousand-foot snow mantle, you and your pup will have plenty of opportunities for selfies to share on Facebook.

Flightseeing

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Any Day
Expensive
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2 - 24 hrs
Items needed
cleanup bags
kennel
food
water
leash
Activity description
Yes, you and your canine kid are welcome to take a flightseeing tour of Alaska’s Denali National Park. Depending on the flight package and which airline you choose, your pooch may need to be in a crate or on a leash, but some will allow them off-leash. However, we suggest a leash for safety reasons. You can do this on a helicopter or fixed-wing airplane, and they will take you all over the park and surrounding areas such as Kantishna, Healy, and Talkeetna. On some of the tours, they offer a stop on one of the glaciers in the park for a visit or even an overnight stay. The cost ranges from $200 to $500 per person and pets are usually free. You will need to bring water, food, cleanup bags, a leash, and crate for your pupster. They last about two to 24 hours, depending on which tour you choose.
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Plan ahead
Make your reservation far in advance to assure a spot because they fill up fast. Be sure to check with the company you choose because some of them do not allow pets. Spring and summer are the best time to go but they are also the most crowded times. However, on the flight, you will typically not be with other people besides the pilot.
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Leashing your pooch
If your dog is not used to being on a leash, now is the time to prepare them. No matter what kind of activity you choose to do on the flightseeing tour, your dog will usually need to be leashed for safety so make sure your fur buddy is comfortable with the leash before you go.
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Sled Dogging

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1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
water
treats
sled
waist belt
tow rope
harness
Activity description
Depending on what kind of dogs you have, they may be able to do some mushing while you are there. Dog mushing is actually Alaska’s official state sport, so it is common to see sledding going on all over the state, but in the Denali National Park, you have to make sure to follow some rules. You will need to get your dogs registered and check in with the park’s main office before getting out there with your dogs. For this activity, you're going to need some things such as a harness, tow rope, sled, waist belt, water, and treats. You will also need a lot of time and patience because some dogs can take a while to figure it out.
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Harnessing your dogs
Let your dogs wear their harnesses around for a few days to get used to it. Then start hooking it to something with some weight like a basket or small tire. Tell your dogs to “mush” and give them a treat when they pull it. Have them do that for about an hour a day for several days, putting a bit more weight on at a time.
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Attaching the sled
Attaching the sled and letting your pups run around with it will be fun for both of you. First, let them pull around the empty sled for a day or two until you think they are ready for your weight, giving them treats for each time they pull the sled.
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Getting on
Teaching your pups the commands as you are on the sled should not take too long with smart dogs as long as they are not stubborn and you are giving them plenty of praise and treats. Pretty soon you will be able to take them to Denali and start mushing.
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Roadside Trail Hiking

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Sunny Day
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Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
treats
cleanup bags
water
leash
Activity description
The Roadside Trail at Denali National Park is almost two miles long and will typically take about one or two hours, depending on your experience and stamina. This is a moderately strenuous trail so make sure you and your canine kid are in relatively good physical shape before starting this hike. You will need to bring some water for you and Fido, keep your pup on a leash, and bring along some poop bags to pick up any deposits your pooch may leave. Along this trail, you are going to see a lot of spruce and aspen trees, paper birch, and other coniferous and deciduous trees. There are also plenty of colorful blooms if you go in the spring or summer. You will likely see some critters like the mountain goats, caribou, moose, bears, foxes, squirrels, wolves, and sheep but don’t let your pup chase or aggravate the wildlife.
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Practice the leash
Before you go for a hike that requires a leash, you will need to get your dog comfortable with wearing one. Try a harness if your poochie does not like the collar. Take your pup for walks daily on a leash and reward them with treats for being good on the leash. After a few days, your canine kid will be begging to get on the leash just to go for a walk.
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Training
Make sure both you and your dog are physically ready for a hike before you go. Take your pup to a veterinarian for a physical and then take yourself to your doctor too. You want to be sure you are both going to be physically ready before you hike anywhere. Take some longer excursions around the neighborhood with your dog so you can both build up some endurance.
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Camping Out

Taking your canine camping is a great way to bond with them as part of the family. If your pooch has good enough recall, you do not even need to keep them on a leash constantly as long as you have control over them. Your little buddy will enjoy all the night sounds in the Denali National Park while you sit by the campfire and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Bicycling

Your dog is allowed to go on the trail with you while you bike at Denali, but you must have them on a harness that connects to your bike with a bike tow leash. You should also bring water and some dog poo bags. If your pup is not into exercise as much as you are, try a dog bicycle seat or trailer. They will love sniffing the scents of nature as you bike along the trails.

Conclusion

Wherevfur you go and whatevfur you do with your canine kids at Denali National Park, you will need to bring a leash, water, and poop bags. If you or your poochie have never done any of the above activities, make sure you and your dog get checked out before going and check with the park website or visitor center for all rules and regulations. You and Fido are going to love this place no matter what you decide to do.