Hiking with your dog is a great way to get fresh air, exercise, and bonding time with your furry best friend. Not only will you both enjoy the physical activity, but it's also a chance to explore new trails together.
Plus, plenty of tips and tricks can help ensure you and your pup have an enjoyable adventure while staying safe. So whether you’re looking for a short jaunt or an all-day trekking experience, here are some helpful hints on how to hike with your dog.
Before you head out, research the trails to ensure you aren’t violating any rules for bringing your pet. It may sound absurd but the presence of your canine friend alters a delicate ecosystem and puts wild animals at risk.
Did you know the National Parks has a B.A.R.K. rule?
Hiking comes with great responsibility, so to have a grand time - without a stranger’s eyes judging you - follow these suggestions to ensure you are doing your part.
Bag your pet’s waste
Always leash your pet
Know where you can go
Check with your veterinarian if your dog breed is up for a hiking journey. Not all dogs are fond of outdoor adventure. Young pups and old canines aren’t always the best candidates. And if it's melting hot, let your dog sit this one out; dogs are more susceptible to excessive heat.
If you’re looking to explore more strenuous trails with your pet, take the time to slowly build up their endurance. Start by taking short hikes and gradually increase the length and difficulty of each trek as they get accustomed to the terrain.
It wouldn’t be wise for you to drink from a river or stream, right? Neither would it be for your dog. Allowing it to drink water from other sources puts him at risk of catching a parasite or bacteria, making your pet ill.
The dark side of hiking is that you are open to a whole other level of ecosystems. It is flea and tick territory out there! Let your vet know to get approved preventatives. When you get off the trail, examine carefully and remove any ticks. Play it safe by giving your pal a bath or a grooming session to brush out any dirt.
Your best friend is similar to a kid. So, a well-behaved and socialized dog will make the trip much more enjoyable. Basic obedience skills include: “sit,” stay,” and “come.” Having leash skills is handy; don’t get dragged through the woods. Take pleasure in the trail by your dog’s side.
Remember, you can’t keep your dog safe if they aren’t in sight. Hiking with your dog without a leash is dangerous for them and the surroundings.
Bring your hiking equipment!
Don’t leave your house without some of these essential items.
Hiking with your dog is a fun activity that will enlighten your friendship. Hiking needs more attention than a stroll in the park. Nonetheless, you can have a good time surrounded by nature.
By taking these steps and choosing a trail that is appropriate for your pup’s size, age, and fitness level, you can ensure that both of you have an enjoyable and safe experience while hiking. With proper research and preparation, you and your pup can enjoy the great outdoors together!
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