4 Top Tips For Hiking With Dogs

  • 28/12/2018
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Taking your dog on a hike with you can be a fantastic bonding experience and a joy for both your furry pal and you, but there are a few things that you should prepare for before hitting the trails.

1. Know your Dogs Ability’s

Every dog is different, and it is essential to know your pooches’ limits. How older they are, and their size makes a massive difference in their capabilities. It is inadvisable to set out on a long trail journey with your pet for their first trial run. Dogs, like humans, need training. You should start small and see how your dog performs on the trail and slowly increase the length over time. The most important thing about going on a hike is the safety of both you and your animal. 

2. Packing a Puppy Pack

Just like you, your dog will need their hiking gear. Depending on the length of your adventure the items you may need may vary. On a short hike, you may need the essentials such as water and food, but as you both get more experienced, your needs will change. On long-distance hikes, it is a great idea to get your pup their own pack that can easily strap around them while they walk. Things to take along with you would be, a collapsible bowl for food and water, poo bags (if you bring a lightweight shovel for yourself, you may also use this to dispose of your dog’s business along the trail). A tick remover is always an excellent tool to keep handy, along with a micro-fiber towel to dry them off and can dry out quickly; not to mention their favorite toy. If you plan to camp at the end of your hike, consider bring a camping pillow for your dog's bedding needs. What to bring with you when you go hiking with your dog will fluctuate so, ask yourself these few questions:
How long is your hiking going to be? Does your dog have any special needs? What are the terrane and weather going to be like while you are hiking? Will you be staying overnight? 

3. Where To Go

Not everywhere you go it dog-friendly. It is best to investigate where you intend to travel before you set off and way you make sure your dog is allowed. Certain trails don’t allow dogs and other allow them only if they remain on their leash the whole time. The campsite may also have rules about dogs staying overnight, check the campsites rules and regulations before you leave and pack a dog run leash if you need it. You can also use your dogs’ regular leash with a piece of lightweight rope tied up between two trees to keep them moving around but not off the leash while at the site.

4. Don’t Forget 

Do your research. Talk to your vet about what they think would be ideal for your dog on a long-distance hike. Investigate in a microchip or a personal rescue beacon. Upgrade your first aid kit to include items that may be useful for your dog. Hydrogen prodoxid is a great addition to help your dog vomit if you catch them munching down on some poisonous berries or mushrooms. But most importantly have fun! 

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