There are few things more rewarding than conquering a hike with your dog. Whether it’s a short trek into nature or an overnight camping trip, bringing your furry companion along can be a memorable experience.
To ensure that your hike with your dog is safe and enjoyable, there are some things that should be taken into consideration before you go. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your next outdoor adventure:
Research the Area
Not all hiking trails allow dogs, and the trails that do allow them may not necessarily have dog-friendly terrain. By researching the trail before you go, you can make sure that you are obeying the laws and that your trail is suitable for you dog. No matter what trail you hike, it’s important to follow proper canine trail etiquette such as picking up after your dog and keeping them under control at all times.
Know Your Dog’s Limits
It’s important that you know your dog’s limits before you take them on a hike. Their size, age, and fitness level will all factor into how much they can handle on the trail. It’s always a good idea for your dog to see a vet before any strenuous activity to check their health and make sure that vaccines are up-to-date. Understanding what your dog’s limits are will make your trek into nature much more enjoyable for both of you.
Increase Your Dog’s Visibility
We don’t like to think about it, but accidents can happen and dogs can become lost. This is one of the reasons why you should increase your dog’s visibility when you go hiking by having them wear a LED dog collar. Not only will a LED dog collar help you find your four-legged friend faster if they become lost, but it will also keep hunters from mistaking them for a coyote. LED dog collars also help oncoming hikers spot your dog and prepare themselves accordingly.
Bring Plenty of Food and Water
You probably know that dogs don’t sweat like humans do. Instead, they pant to cool down. For dogs that are prone to heavier breathing (such as pugs or bulldogs), it can be difficult to tell when your dog is overheated. Make frequent stops to check on your pet and carry a collapsible bowl to offer them water along the way so that they don’t become dehydrated.
Examine Your Dog After the Hike
One of the best things about taking your dog on a hike is letting them explore and sniff all those exciting smells. Unfortunately, their exploration through bushes and brambles can sometimes lead to insect bites, painful burrs, thorns, or minor scrapes. Giving your dog a good examination when you return to your car will allow you to identify anything that might cause them discomfort or illness. Don’t forget to check under their paws, inside their ears, or other spots that may be overlooked.
There is no doubt that hiking with your canine companion can enrich both of your lives, but you and your dog’s safety should always be a number-one priority. Equipping your pup with a LED dog collar is an easy way to boost their safety on your next hiking adventure. By taking a few extra precautions, you and your dog can enjoy a healthy and happy hike.
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