Go Hiking With Your Dog
Special Interest: Hiking
Hiking is an easy activity that can be done with minimal preparation. Most dogs simply love it and as soon as you get your gear out they know! So don’t leave your dog at home – get in the car already! Don’t forget water, poop bags, a leash, a first aid kit, and other appropriate gear. Do check that you are going to a dog-friendly area and read up on their regulations.
Pick a trail, pace, and distance that works for both you and your dog. Dogs love to sniff and explore so give your dog a chance to do this on the trail. Trails are shared and sometimes narrow so it’s best if your dog knows basic obedience and is well socialized with other dogs and humans (including runners and bikers).
A note on trail etiquette: Please let those without dogs go past first while your dog sits and waits on leash behind you. If you pass another dog, make sure that you stand between both dogs and pay attention to the body language from both dogs. Above all, stay safe on the trails and have fun!
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Activities: Hiking, Walking, Backpacking
Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, First Aid Kit, Tick Removal Tool, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection, Reflective Gear On Your Dog, Other Appropriate Gear & Food
Safety: Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a dog that is not fully vaccinated. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws! Watch your footing and steer clear of wild animals. Please follow leash laws and have good recall on your dog.
- 12 Essential Training Tips For Your Puppy
- The Beginner’s Guide To Hiking With Dogs
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