Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

Hiking with your dog is a treat for both of you. You get to enjoy having your dog by your side as you pursue one of your favorite pastimes, and your dog gets to exercise in the great outdoors with his best friend.

What to Pack For a Hike With Your Dog

In addition to whatever hiking supplies you usually bring when you go for a hike on your own, you’ll need to pack some extra supplies for your dog. First, you’ll definitely want to pack some protein dog snacks. All that exercise will certainly require plenty of nutrition if your dog is going to make it all the way there and back. The dog snacks can simply be a DIY sealed plastic bag with a healthy serving of his favorite dry dog food. Be sure to bring two bags one for the way there and one for the way back, just in case. Second, you’ll want to bring an extra bottle of water for your dog in addition to your water supply. A one-liter bottle is a minimum recommendation. Be sure to bring along a collapsible water bowl, which you can easily store in your backpack.

Decide Where to Hike

Deciding where to hike with your dog takes some consideration. Do you prefer an area where you dog is free to walk off leash? Or do you prefer the control of an on-leash destination? Keep in mind that if you go to an on-leash area, other dogs will also be controlled, so you won’t have to worry about conflicts with other dogs. You need to also consider the altitude and incline of the trail you want to hike. Different breeds of dog are more suited for sprints than long runs. If you have a sprinter, he may get tired out quickly if the trail is very steep. If necessary, look up your dog’s breed to learn more about his potential hiking capabilities in the wild.

What to Look Out For

Keep your dog safe during your hike by looking out for dangers or threats specific to your dog. One example is to be wary of wildlife. Wild animals may be very interested when they pick up the scent of your dog. If your dog is a smaller breed, be prepared for the possibility of having to pick him up and carry him if a wild animal approaches. Even seemingly harmless animals like raccoons and skunks can ruin your hike if your dog gets rabies or sprayed by a skunk. Bring along a whistle so you can easily call for help if your dog becomes hurt on the hike. Fellow hikers will respond to an S.O.S. whistle and help you carry your dog back to safety if necessary.

If all goes well, hiking with your dog might become a regular activity. Just keep all these tips in mind to ensure that every hike creates good memories for you and your dog.

Author Bio: Paige Jirsa– I work with Top10.Today, a shopping comparison site, where we strive to help consumers find the best quality and priced products.