Dog Hiking Safety Tips
Fall is upon us once again and for many of us, this means our four-legged friends get to tag along on our hiking and camping adventures! Planning your trip appropriately will lead to a fun filled trip for you and your pup.
Here’s some ideas to prepare you for the next outdoor excursion with your dog:
- Research dog-friendly trails and campsites before heading out.
- Be sure your dog is physically capable to hike the trail(s) you’ve chosen.
- Know the rules and proper etiquette for hiking with a dog – leash requirements, picking up after your dog, what areas he can and cannot go to, yielding to other hikers, etc.
- Bring necessary supplies: I have a packing list of what I take with me and I always double-check my pack before hitting the trail.
- If your dog gets injured, will you know what to do or how to get him the help he needs? Make a plan for if something goes wrong. And always tell someone where you are going, if you’re going out alone.
What do I take with me when I take my dog hiking?
- Dog boots – especially important if you’re hiking an area with snow, hot ground, or rough terrain.
- 2 leashes – 6 foot and a long line.
- Water bowl and LOTS of water.
- Harness with front and back clip for greater range of motion when in the wilderness.
- Poop bags
- First aid kit – including supplies for both you and your dog!
- Doggie backpack – be sure to properly prepare your dog for carrying a backpack before hiking a full trail.
- Life vest if swimming is a possibility.
- Jacket if hiking in cold weather.
Many of these supplies can be found at AZ Dog Sports if you don’t already have them! Hiking is an amazing activity that allows you and your dog to explore the great outdoors together. Preparing for your journey ensures a safe and enjoyable trip for all.