With summer here, you might want to go exploring with your furry friend. Hiking is a great summer outdoor activity for you and your four-legged companion. In our area there are a lot of different places to go exploring, whether it’s a hike, going to a dog park or a casual walk around a park downtown.
If you’re looking for a great outdoor spot to spend your weekend, check out this link. Here you will find a list of many dog friendly options for any level of outdoor adventure you might have in mind.
Before you head out on your great adventure, be sure you are prepared! Here are a few tips to help make your trip a safe and pleasant experience for you and your furry friend.
- It is important that your dog be properly trained. Not only for obedience but for fitness and endurance as well. Start out with small hikes and increase the distance based on your comfort level and that of your dog.
- To avoid sickness, do not feed your dog right before you exercise or hike. Feed them afterward when they are rested.
- Bring plenty of water and a bowl for your dog. This keeps them from becoming dehydrated and helps them stay energetic during the entire hike.
- Make sure your dogs are microchipped and they have an updated tag on their collar. If for any reason your pet gets lost, tags and a microchip will increase the likelihood that they will be returned to you.
- Before setting out into the wilderness, check your pet’s veterinary records and make sure his vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit. Most injuries to dogs occur on the pads of their feet. Hiking can cause cut and scraps from rocks, sticks, thorns, ice, etc.
- Carry plenty of poop bags and clean up after your pup to keep the trails clean.
- Always keep your dog on a leash. Extending leashes are great for wide open spaces, but not on hiking trails.
- Closely supervise your dog around children, other hikers and other dogs.
Enjoy a summer full of plenty outdoor activities with your furry friend! Is there a great location you love to take your dog? We would love to hear all about it!