Do you and your pup want a way to explore the great outdoors and get in a great exercise at the same time? Try hiking! Just as one can assume, there are some things to consider prior to the big hike. Do you know what to pack? Is your dog brushed up on some dog training skills which would make them a great explorer? We’re here to help!
The first step is always to make sure that your dog is welcome to hike with you wherever you go. Pay close attention to signs around the location as they may have restrictions for pets on trails. As a dog owner, it’s your responsibility to learn the rules of each park and area before fully investing in the trip. In other words, go by the B.A.R.K. rule! Bag your pet’s waste, Always leash your pet, Respect wildlife and Know where you can go.
Always remember that not every person (or fellow hiker in this case) are comfortable with dogs. This is why it’s important to keep them on a leash unless they have been trained in advanced obedience. Keeping your dog safe during the hike should be your main priority. Pay attention to the age of the dog as it may be hard for some younger or older dogs to keep up. Don’t allow your dog to drink from ponds or streams! Parasites and bacteria can make your pet very ill. Instead, bring your own water and ensure that they are constantly hydrated.
So, what do you bring? We suggest doggie waste bags, a leash, a collar with ID tags, dog food and/or snacks, dog booties for hiking in rough terrain, pet-safe insect repellent and a pet first-aid kit. You never know what kind of situations you will encounter in the great outdoors so it’s always a best bet to stay prepared. Now, go out and enjoy nature with your furry friends!