There’s nothing better than a furry friend by your side while hiking. Hiking with dogs can be highly rewarding. Are you ready to take on the challenge of bringing dog with you? Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind before you head out, such as safe expeditions, nutrition and etc.
The Ten Essentials
- ID Tags and photo identification
ID tag is a plastic or metal medallion that hangs from your pup’s collar, lists specific contact information that will reunite you with your dog should she run off. For safety reasons, list only their name and phone number with no information about the dog. At the very least, list your name and the best way to contact you, whether it is a cell phone, office phone, or home phone.
Also, have a recent photo of your puppy on hand so you can show to others what he/she looks like.
Poop bags are beneficial to save our earth from pollution. You should always buy high quality bags that protect your atmosphere for long time. If trails permit, you can also bury waste in a hole away from water sources.
Are they obedient and well-socialized enough to make a good trail dog? Bring your dog hiking only if they are a breed suited to long walks. You should make sure that your dog will come to your side when called and also they can trust and listen you when facing with other hikers or wildlife. It is essential for your hiking when company with your puppy. Also you need to think about if your dog fit enough for the planned hike.
Since you’re carrying the necessities, why not give your dog a backpack! Fill their backpack with some of their belongings to get them used to carrying something.
However, you should pay special attention on your dog seeing if your little one running into trouble, exhausting or overheating. If your dog is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, try to keep them as cool as possible until you can get them to the vet. If your dog is new to hiking, it’s best to check with your vet and then start small, with short hikes on easy trails. If there’s a difficult stretch of trail or if she gets too tired, you need be ready to carry her.
Canine first aid kit
Dangers to your dog are numerous on a long hike. They include fatigue, hypothermia, and heat stroke. Check the pads of your dog’s feet for wounds from thorns or sharp rocks, especially if she’s stopping to lick or gnaw at her paws. He could easily get stung by a bee, bit by a rattlesnake, attacked by a predator, rip a pad, break a bone, eat something toxic, eat something infected, fall, drown, or get lost. He could acquire Lymes disease, leptospirosis, giardia, salmon poisoning, heartworm, or an allergic reaction to poison oak. Although all of these things could happen to you, he may not be thinking clearly about these dangers when he smells that rotten fish carcass or chases that coyote up the trail. You better have a canine first aid kit when hiking.
Treats and food
Bring lunch for your dog and high-value treats to reward them or just lure them back to you. Though higher quality dog food is more expensive by the pound, you will actually save weight and give your dog more nutrition if you can feed a high quality food on the trail.
If you’re going to take your dog on a long hike or backpacking trip, there are a lot of extras to think about. Will the weather be too hot? What kinds of dog hiking gear will you need? Hike early in the morning or later in the evenings and your babies can enjoy a great fun during these suitable periods of time. Dog booties can help when your puppy is injured, walking on rough terrain and etc.
If you’re being around with bugs, I bet your dog is being bitten too. So it is necessary to prepare insect repellent.
Leash and collar
Have a leash ready. Beyond the fact that many hiking areas require dogs be leashed, you need to be able to control your dog around other hikers, other dogs or wild animals. Even on trails where dogs are acceptable with leash off, it is good to have a leash with you in case of an emergency.
Water and water bowl
Bring lots of water is necessary. Make sure you have enough water for your dog while hiking since there may not be water sources along the trail.
Having dog with us affects where we can hike, what time of day I can hike. As for where to hike, your options will be more limited. A moderate, knee-deep creek crossing for a human may be a significant swim for a dog. And it is dangerous when the dog isn’t a strong enough to swim. If you’re going somewhere you’ve never hiked before, certain obstacles may prevent you hiking with your dog and you need to leave dog at home.
You should remember to consider your dog’s overall fitness level when making this assessment. Be honest about your dog’s abilities, then do your homework and make sure you’re headed somewhere that is within those abilities.