How Much Water Should I Bring For My Dog Hiking?

Dogs need water while hiking, especially in hot weather. How much water you bring depends on where you go, what you do, and how long you hike. You can either carry bottled water with you or give your dog filtered water.

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CLEAN WATER SOURCES

 

Don’t let your dog drink from a stream unless you treat it properly. Like humans, dogs are susceptible to water contaminants. Drinking salty water may lead to diarrhea and vomiting.

You’ll have to check with the area for known, reliable sources of water. If you are not sure about reliable water sources, bring your own water to be on the safe side. It also helps to store drinking water in your car for after your hike or for emergencies.


HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU BRING?

 

As a general rule for a moderate 2 hour hike, plan to bring 32 oz. of water (16 oz per hour) for yourself and more for your dog. Considering that a dog needs about an ounce of water per pound weight per 2 hours, a 30 pound dog would need about the same amount as you. It never hurts to bring more water than you need, especially in hot or dry weather. Offer water to your dog frequently and let him take small sips

Every person and dog will differ in water needs. Use our guideline as a baseline, but it’s important to get a good estimate on how much you and your dog really need by going on a series of short hikes. Record how much water you and your dog consume every hour and under what conditions. By the time you go on a long hike or backpacking trip, you’ll have a good estimate for how much water you really need for you and your dog.

Be sure to read our articles regarding our top picks for water filters and water bottles that are suitable to use with your dog. Most will even fit in your dog’s backpack and can be shared with you. Or, you can always buy your dog his own filter or bottle!


HEALTH TIPS

 

We are not veterinarians or food nutritionists. We do provide some general tips that may apply universally, but every human and dog has different nutritional needs. Please consult your doctor and vet for information that pertains specifically to you and your dog.

Remember that dogs may actually ingest water if they are playing in water. Make sure play time is kept at about 15-30 minutes. Your dog may actually ingest a lot of water if they retrieve balls or sticks in the water. One way to reduce the amount of water your dog ingests during play is to toss him a flat toy instead a round toy which forces your dog to open their mouth more.

If your dog likes to play with the water hose, don’t spray water directly in your dog’s mouth. This can force your dog to guzzle up too much water.

Dehydration

It’s easy to tell if you are thirsty, but if your dog is not drinking enough water consistently on hikes, it could lead to diseases and serious health problems down the road. If your dog is sick or has a fever, he may also refuse to drink.

Signs of dehydration in dogs:

  • Pale, Dry Gums
  • Excessive Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Loose Neck Skin That Doesn’t Retract Quickly After You Pinch It

 

Talk to your vet right away if your dog is dehydrated. You could wrap your dog up in a wet towel on your way to the vet. Consult your vet about giving your dog more water, as this could actually make him vomit.

Humans exhibit similar signs of dehydration as dogs. But a great indicator is dizziness, dry mouth, and sweating. You’ll also have darker urine if you are not drinking enough water.

Severe dehydration will result in low blood pressure, fever, delirium, and even loss of consciousness.

Water Intoxication

While you are out on the trail, don’t gulp down too much water all at once or this could lead to water intoxication, or when there’s too much water in the body and salt levels in your blood get dangerously and sometimes fatally low. One sure way to avoid water intoxication is to take small sips frequently instead of ingesting a lot of water all at once. Remember water play, as we mentioned above, can also make your dog ingest more water.

Signs for water intoxication for dogs:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Dilated Pupils or Glazed Eyes
  • Pale Gums
  • Drooling
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Seizing
  • Loss of Consciousness

 

If your dog has lost consciousness or is seizing call your vet immediately!

For humans, a sign of water intoxication is headaches, confusion, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. If you are experiencing leg cramping and have been sweating a lot, try adding salt in your water or eat something salty.

Marathon runners often carry salt packets with them. You could also take sports drinks, gels, or gummies that have electrolytes.

If you like gummy bears try Clif Shot Blocks*! They come in many different flavors and are compact enough to take with you on a run or outdoors. They also don’t taste grainy or sticky like other energy supplements. Each cube gives you a little boost of energy!

 

If you need to learn more about water intoxication in humans, Dr. Axe has a great article where you can learn more. One important tip they mention is that the risk of water intoxication increase is someone drinks more than  1.5 liters of water (over 50 ounces of water) in an hour.

Don’t give salt or electrolytes to your dog, without consulting your vet! Dogs don’t sweat out salt like us humans, but cool themselves off instead by panting and drinking water.


GETTING YOUR DOG TO DRINK MORE WATER

 

Water is important for everyone. If your dog is not drinking enough water on a consistent basis, check with your vet to rule out any diseases or maladies with your dog. These can be serious if not addressed.

Some tips to get your dog to drink more water:

    • Give your dog a reason to drink! Do some exercise and play with your dog.
    • Give your dog water every 15 minutes. Perhaps your constant nagging will remind him to drink!
    • Add chicken, beef, or bone broth to your dog’s water.
    • Always change out your dog’s water so it’s fresh and clean of bacteria or debris. Don’t forget to wash your dog bowl and get rid of any leftover residue and minerals.
    • Train your dog to drink water. You can say “drink” or “water” and give him treats and/or praise every time he takes a sip.
    • Sometimes dogs will try to drink less water if they can’t go outside to do their business. Take them out more to pee.
    • Elevate your bowl. This is a better option for large dogs so they don’t have to stoop down to drink.
    • Try changing dog bowls. Sometimes dogs just don’t like the container they are drinking from. We don’t have an exact answer to this. But it might work! Some dogs are just pickier than others.
  • Buy a water fountain. Your dog may just to drink from a running water source.

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Red Bud Island Peninsula, TX

Red Bud Island Peninsula is a 13 acre off-leash dog park on it’s own island! Take your dogs here from some walking and off leash play. Some say this is the best spot to take your dog!

Many use the island as a launch point for kayaking and canoeing. Parking at the park is very limited. Swimming is not allowed at the park.


 

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Location: Austin, TX | Travis County | Hill Country | Texas
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Sports – Water, Kayaking, Canoeing

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Huntington Dog Beach, CA

Huntington Dog Beach is located off PCH between Seapoint and Goldenwest St. Dogs may come here for off leash play.

Parking is along PCH at parking meters. Meter limits are 2 hours at $1.75 per hour.


 

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Location: Huntington Beach, CA | Orange County | California
Activities: Dog Beach, Dog Park, Swimming, Surfing, Group Play, Sports – Water

Little Long Pond, Maine - Pawtivity

Little Long Pond, ME

Little Long Pond is private lands managed by the Rockefeller family, but shared with the public. Dogs can swim in the area off leash. The pond is a little wonderful oasis where you and your dog can unwind and spend an afternoon.

Parking area is one mile west of Seal Beach on Peabody Drive (Route 3). You can access the pond through Acadia National Park from the north. To the north you can also see Jordan Pond House.

There are several small hiking trails (0.5 – 2 miles) that go around the pond. On the west side of the pond is Harbor Brooke Trail and David and Neva’s Trail. The Friend’s trail goes from the carriage roads to the southern end of the lake. The Jordan Stream Trail goes to the Acadia National Park. Maps of Acadia National Park are located here.


 

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Location: Seal Harbor, ME | Hancock County | Maine
GPS Coordinates: 44.293426, -68.254536 Map 
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Swimming

Mission Bay Park - San Diego, CA

Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA

Mission Bay Park is one of the largest city parks in the United States. It’s actually an aquatic park nestled right in Mission Bay, San Diego, CA. The park features 27 miles of shoreline, 19 beaches, 8 swimming areas, boat docks, launching facilities and sport equipment rentals. Many people go there to windsurf, water-ski, paddle-board, swim, sunbathe, bike, camp at a youth campground, fish, and more. Dogs are allowed on leash everywhere except for Fiesta Island where they can roam free! Before you go, plan your trip by looking at map of the area.


 

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Location: Corondo, CA | San Diego, CA | California
Activities: Walking, Dog Park, Beach, Sports – Water, SUP, Canoeing, Kayaking, Biking, Running, Fishing

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Griffith Park, CA

Griffith Park is the tenth largest city park in the United States. It is located just north of Hollywood in Los Feliz, CA. The park offers a lot of different options. You can always see people running, biking, horseback riding, going on a pony ride, riding the merry-go-round, playing golf, playing soccer, swimming in the pool, playing tennis and more. The park is also home to several major facilities; Griffith Park Observatory, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Garden, Hollywood Sign, Autry Museum of the American West, Travel Town Museum with train rides for kids, Bronson Caves and more. Dogs are allowed on leashes throughout the park, except in facilities or buildings. There is a dog park north of the John Ferraro Soccer Field on North Zoo Drive where dogs can be off leash.

There are several paved roads and trails that meander throughout the park. It’s a good idea to print out a map with you if you go the trails. Some of the best hiking options include Bronson Caves to see the Hollywood Sign and famous Bat Cave, Amir’s Garden and Ferndell Trail.

Neat Tidbits: Read about how Griffith Park came to be. Topanga State Park, considered one of the top 5 largest city parks, has almost double the acreage as Griffith Park. Both are rated one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Topanga is actually one of the largest in the world!


 

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Location: Los Angeles, CA | California
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Running, Biking, Dog Park

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Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park, IA

Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park (Iowa City, IA) is a large 11 acre dog park with a lot to offer. There’s a small area for small dogs, a large field for dogs that need space, a main dog playground, a 15-foot swimming pond, and fun events for the dogs throughout the year. The park is environmentally friendly, using eco-friendly waste bags. The park is for members only and open from dawn to dusk. Otheriwse, non-member may pay a daily fee. A map is available of the park.


 

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Location: Iowa City, IA | Iowa
GPS Coordinates: 41.672586, -91.559942 Map
Activities: Dog Park

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Pilgrim Bark Park, MA

Pilgrim Bark Park (Provincetown, MA) is an acre of off-leash play for dogs. The park was named after the first explorers of Cape Code, which includes a English Mastiff and English Springer Spaniel who were both aboard the Mayflower when it landed in Provincetown. The park has a section separated for small dogs and features a lot of sculptures in the park. Provincetown is very dog friendly, so take your dog out for a stroll in town and a bite to eat after playing! You could enjoy the rest of the day biking and playing at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Visit the park’s website or facebook page for more information.


 

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Activities: Dog Park

Fort Woof Dog Park, TX

Fort Woof Dog Park (Fort Worth, TX) is a 5 acre off leash dog park and includes a lot of features for dogs to play, including obstacles and agility equipment. There is a large and small dog side of the park. Daily hours are 5:00 AM – 11:30 PM.


 

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Location: Fort Worth, TX | Texas
Activities: Dog Park

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Maryland Off Leash Dog Park & Dog Beach List

Off Leash Dog Parks and Dog Beaches in Maryland (MD) – The dog park and dog beach is a great place to take your dog for a quick play after work or to meet another doggy friend!


Here’s a summary of off leash dog parks and dog beaches in Maryland! A quick google maps search by park name should get you the exact park address or location. We have linked known pawtivities (activities) on our website where we have a separate listing of the dog park.

We want to keep this list simple and easy to use! Please contact us if there are any corrections or additions so that we can keep this list updated. A few areas may restrict dogs at peak times of the year.

Have fun at the dog park or dog beach with your dog!

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MARYLAND DOG PARK LIST

 

Anne Arundel County
Bell Branch Dog Park – Gambrills
Broadneck Dog Park – Annapolis
Downs Park Dog Beach – Pasadena
Quail Run Dog Park – Severn
Quiet Waters Dog Park & Beach – Annapolis
Tanyard Springs Dog Park – Glen Burnie

Baltimore City
Canton Dog Park
Howards Dog Park
Lake Roland: Paw Point Park
Latrobe Park: Locust Point Dog Park
Liberty Dog Park
Patterson Park

Baltimore County
Cromwell Valley Park – Parkville
Hannah More Barc Park – Reisterstown
Perry Paw Dog Park – Perry Hall

Calvert County
Grays Road Dog Park – Prince Frederick

Carroll County
Mount Airy Dog Park – Mt. Airy
Bennett Cerf Dog Park – Westminster

Charles County
Turkey Hill Dog Park – White Plains
White Plains Dog Park – White Plains

Frederick County
Ballenger Creek Dog Park – Frederick
Greenbriar Luxury Pet Resort: Dog Park – Frederick

Harford County
Abingdon Road Park – Abingdon
K-9 Cody Dog Park – Havre De Grace
The Ma & Pa Dog Park – Bel Air

Howard County
Columbia Dog Park – Columbia
Worthington Dog Park – Ellicott

Gaithersburg
Green Park Dog Exercise Area
King Farm Dog Park

Garrett County
Garrett County Dog Park – McHenry

Montgomery County
Black Hill Regional Park Dog Park – Boyds
Cabin John Dog Park – Bethesda
Ellsworth Urban Dog Park – Silver Springs
Olney Manor Recreational Park – Olney
Ridge Road Recreational Dog Park – Germantown
Takoma Park Dog Park – Takoma Park
Wheaton Dog Park – Silver Springs

Ocean City
OC Dog Playground at 94th Street: Little Salisbury Park

Prince George’s County
Bowie Dog Park – Bowie
College Park Dog Park – College Park
Greenbelt Dog Park – Greenbelt
Heurich Dog Park – Hyattsville
Leo E. Wilson Community Park: Dr. Bruce Morley Dog Playground – Laurel
Maryland City Dog Park – Laurel
Waggertail Dog Park – Riverdale

Queen Anne’s County
Dog Beach at Metapeake Park – Stevensville

St. Mary’s County
John G. Lancaster Dog Park – Lexington Park
Myrtle Point Park Dog Park – California

Talbot County
Play Ball Dog Park – Oxford

Washington County
Hagerstown Dog Park – Hagerstown

Wicomico County
Salisbury Dog Park – Salisbury

Last Updated: 1/13/18


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