Tips for Hiking With Your Dog
H-I-K-E. You spell the word out because you know how excited your pooch gets. There are tons of trails and hikes to go on, but do you know how to prepare yourself?
You are as excited as your dog is to go on this hike. You think you have everything you need, but swear you might be missing something. You take a look at your checklist and seem to have everything in order.
When hiking with your dog, you are blown away by the views. Not long after, your dog seems to have a thorn in its paw. Forgetting your first aid kit, you’re forced to carry your four-legged friend and drive home.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Prepare Your Pup
Preparing a dog for a hike is the best way to start on the right foot. A visit to the vet is recommended to ask any questions you may have beforehand.
Talk to your vet to see if your breed is a good hiking companion. Younger and older dogs may not be the best hiking dogs. Their immune system is something you will want to keep in mind.
Puppies’ bones are still growing, which may cause too much stress. Older dogs will have trouble keeping up and slow you down on your hike.
There are many parasites and bacteria when on the trail that could cause harm to your dog. Parasites such as Leptospirosis and giardia live in ponds, lakes, rivers, standing water, and soil. Make sure you stay up to date on vaccinations and use veterinarian-approved parasite preventative measures.
Let’s discuss some hiking safety tips before hitting the trail.
When hiking with your dog, be sure to monitor the heat levels. Make sure you bring plenty of water. Dog’s sweat differently than humans and panting keeps them cool.
Be mindful of overheating and take breaks along the way. Bring enough for you and your friend! Make sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated.
Know how to remove a tick, and be sure to scan the dog’s body post-hike carefully. A bath or groom is suggested to see if anything needs to be addressed.
When hiking with your dog, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper equipment. The dog park with a top handle is an essential item for hiking dogs. Make sure the dog pack fits snug and properly around their chest.
A doggie first aid-kit is something you’ll want to keep on hand, as a vet won’t be nearby to help you. Just make sure you know how to use it properly!
Dog booties are great if you’re hiking with your dog on tougher trails. Rocks, harsh shrubbery, and inclement weather are all reasons to prepare. For a bootie bandage, bring a pair of wool socks.
Bring food and snacks to keep them energized along the trail. Choose from many dog-friendly parks around Park City! Or should we say…Bark City!?
Have Fun Hiking With Your Dog
You are now ready to hit the great outdoors. Hiking with your dog is such a wonderful activity. Both humans and pets can enjoy getting their exercise.
Take everything in as you explore nature. Before you head out, make sure you have your coffee fuel!
We can’t wait to see you out there — you and your best friend, that is!