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About Long Haul Trekkers

Long Haul Trekkers is an award-winning multi-media brand featuring a blog, shop, and new courses I’m developing for the adventure dog and their human. Here, you’ll find content about trying new outdoor activities with your dog, dog-friendly travel itineraries, gear guides, and dog training tips.

This blog began during a two-year bicycle journey across Europe and South America. It has since evolved into the resource I wish I had when I first began getting outdoors with my dog.

I went from thinking that “all dogs love me because I love them” to “please don’t touch my dog.” In the decade I’ve had dogs, all four have had reactivity issues, teaching me to unlearn everything I thought I knew about dogs. My dogs have inspired me to learn as much as I can about dogs and to pursue a side hustle as a dog trainer.

Blog readers can find their next dog-friendly adventure, have confidence in bringing their dog along on a new activity and can trust my training advice because I have worked with professional trainers to create the ideal trail companion. 

Our Mission

I want to help dog owners enjoy outdoor and travel adventures with their dogs by giving them the skills, knowledge, and confidence so they are prepared to handle whatever comes their way.

Vision

My hope and dream for this blog is to create a resource where dog owners can come together and share their knowledge and resources about training, health and wellness, gear, and trail etiquette in a respectful manner. I envision a world where those of us with reactive dogs can feel safe on the trails without worry about other dogs coming into our space and where dogs and their humans can live their best lives together.

Values

Long Haul Trekkers is a safe space for people of all backgrounds to discuss different training methods, including the use of aversive tools like e-collars and prong collars. You are welcome to share your opinion, as long as you are not putting me or other readers down and calling them names. Abusive language toward other people will not be tolerated. My goal is to equip you with the resources to make your own decisions about responsible dog ownership, both at home and on the trail.

Meet the Team

Jen Sotolongo

I am a dog mom to Sitka and the founder of Long Haul Trekkers. I’m also a freelance journalist, content marketing writer, and author of the Falcon Guidebook The Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs

I have had dogs for over a decade and have had pets throughout my life. I’m also an enthusiastic dog trainer in training who has a soft spot for reactive dogs and loves working with them to shift their mindset and show them the world isn’t such a scary place, after all.

I live in Portland, Oregon, where you can find Sitka and me trail running, exploring the mountains or camping down a dirt road. I’m also a fantastic vegan cook and sourdough bread baker if I do say so myself.

Sitka sitting behind some wildflowers

Sitka

Sitka is a 4-year-old rescued Red Heeler mix from Hood River Adopt a Dog. When Jen picked him up, he nipped a hole in her favorite jacket, was famous for hopping six-foot fences and was notorious for destroying socks.

He’s never done any such poor behaviors under Jen’s guidance and instead directs that energy to safe outlets like trail running, rolling in any snow patch he can find, and swimming in any and all forms of water, except the bathtub. 

Dog poop bags generate so much waste. Reusing old plastic bags is an eco-friendly alternative.

Sora 2005-2018

Sora was the dog who inspired this blog and who was part of the cycle touring team across Europe and South America. She was an Australian Shepherd adopted from Family Dogs New Life in Portland, OR in 2008.

After a recurring battle with cancer, she went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2018 at the age of 13.

Sora traveled to nearly 30 countries on her adventures, graced the cover of a magazine, and served as the face of adoption for an animal rights group in Medellin, Colombia.

Sora was the original adventure dog, Jen’s heart dog, and the love of her life.