Do you love hiking with your dog? This is such a relaxing activity that can help maintain great health while having the time of your life with your best friend!
Remember that hiking is different from a walk around the neighborhood though, requiring special gear. And yes, they will need more than enthusiasm and a pet water bottle from PetSwag.
To keep them safe from harm while still having a fun time, make sure that you pack these equipment for both of you to enjoy the hike.
I recommend that you get a no pull dog harness for your dog, something colorful and that you can see from a distance in case your dog decides to run. The harness should be a good fit and give you control throughout the hike, which is helpful when dealing with excited dogs that love to tug and pull.
- ID tags or microchips
It’s best to have your dog microchipped before going out and traveling, which can be done by their vet. Other ID tags include a registered tattoo and identification tags linked to your dog’s collar.
- Food and water
Being at least a cup of water for every hour you hike. This amount is for one dog, so adjust the amount of water you bring accordingly. Do NOT let dogs drink standing water, as this may have bacteria and parasites that cause sicknesses.
Furthermore, bring food and nutritious snacks for dogs, offering this throughout the hike to maintain your dog’s energy levels. I recommend feeding your dog in small amounts frequently so they aren’t uncomfortable when hiking on a full stomach.
Pack a collapsible food and water bowl as well to feed your dog properly.
- Plastic bag and a small spade
These are necessary when dealing with dog waste, so you won’t leave a mess in the trail.
- First aid kit
Carry the right first aid kit supplies that can treat injuries your dog can experience when hiking. Bring the following:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Scissors that have rounded tips
- Gauze pads and bandages
- Small socks or booties
- Reflective items
Let your dog wear reflective clothing or accessories, depending on the weather. A reflective collar, leash, jacket, or even a small light offers a layer of protection when hiking during the evening.
- Extra doggie clothing
Make sure that you have extra clothes on hand, as you never know what the weather will be like! These clothes are also helpful for special activities, which is why it’s best to plan and check the weather predictions to know what clothes to pack for your dog.
Bring booties to protect your dog’s paws, a bandana for a form of identification or a bandage, and an insulated jacket for warmth. Consider bringing a canine flotation device in case you plan to go on boat rides!
Wrapping It Up
Next time you’re going hiking with your dog, make sure that you invest in the right gear for them and yourself. Enjoy your next hike and plan according to the weather and conditions in your area.