The saying “a dog is a man’s best friend” is something that almost everyone has heard, and most of them will say that it is true. Most dog owners tend and want to do things together with their four-legged companion, and one of them is hiking together.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you want to have the best hiking trip with your dog:
1) Keep your dog on a leash.
Normally, nobody wants their pet to get lost outdoors, that’s why keeping your dog on a leash should be one of your top priorities. This way, you can make sure that you still have them under your supervision, and have them at your bay in case they try to chase a squirrel.
2) Fresh Water and Collapsible Bowl
Your dog will most likely get thirsty and tired during your hike. Instead of making them drink sloppily from a water bottle, it might be best that you bring with you a collapsible bowl that can fit in your backpack and some drinking water to refresh their energy whenever they get thirsty.
3) Snacks for You and Your Dog
Naturally, hiking is a physical activity that might be challenging for you and your dog. With that being said, it might be best if you bring with you some snacks that you and your dog can consume whenever you need more energy to function better when hiking. Keep in might that you should be careful when choosing which treats to give your dog to avoid any issues.
4) Backpack for Your Dog
If you can wear backpacks, then so can your dogs. Not only that it comes conveniently for it can lessen your load, but it can also be fun for them to have little extra weight because of items such as snacks, water, and bowl. However, you should still be considerate of the amount of weight that you make them carry not to put too much pressure on their backs.
5) First Aid Kit
Unexpected and unfortunate accidents and emergencies can happen whenever you are hiking that’s why it might be best if you are prepared, and one of the best ways to do this is to have a first aid kit with you whenever you and your dog hit the outdoors. Items such as antibiotic ointment, alcohol, bandages are among the essential items that you should carry.
6) Check the Weather Condition
Before you decide to go on a hiking trip with your dog, you have to make sure that the weather is also suitable for your pet. Check if it’s not too hot outside or if the humidity is not that aggravating. Aside from that, going out whenever it’s too cold or if it’s raining.
7) Steer Away From Wild Animals
It would be completely irresponsible if you bring your dog in contact with wild animals. Make sure that your hiking route is away from animals such as snakes, bears, or even scorpions. Aside from that, you are also vulnerable and can be potentially harmed whenever close to wild animals.