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If you are an outdoor enthusiast and have a canine companion, you might want to explore hiking options with your dog. Hiking the wilderness with your dog can be an unparalleled experience. You will enjoy your dog’s abundant energy and enthusiasm while treasuring their companionship. You may even be taken aback by how resourceful dogs can be when they want to. If you are new to hiking with your dog, start small with a day trip. You can stretch this into a weekend trip or longer, depending on your experience and expertise in hiking together.
When taking your dog with you on a hiking trip, you should follow some necessary precautions to ensure that the trip goes as intended. Learn about these below.
Precautionary measures to follow before going on a hiking trip with your dog
- Research and pick a trail that is conducive for your dog’s body – Remember, your canine friend doesn’t have the climbing ability that you do. It’s best not to take your dog on a steep high-altitude hike the first time you venture out together on a hiking trip. Also, you’ll have to choose a trail that isn’t very rough on its paws. Maybe, a trail with the leaf-covered ground instead of rocky terrain. Pick a trail that is well shaded while you’re at it.
- Get your dog updated with vaccinations – Ticks, heartworms, fleas, are all things your dog can pick up while on the trail. You need to make sure that your dog is updated on all its vaccinations before you can take it hiking. Don’t get your dog outdoors for long periods if it has an open wound. The wound could get infected and cause a lot of discomfort to your pet.
- Carry all essential requirements your dog might need – When setting about on a hiking trip with your dog, pack all necessary provisions that it might need. Your dog can’t pack for itself, so you will have to take up this responsibility. Pack enough water for both of you. Remember to include its refreshments, when you pack grub for yourself. Carry first-aid for your dog, as you would for yourself.
- Label the collar – You don’t want your dog to get lost on the trail. If they do, they won’t be able to convey to other humans where they’d like to be dropped. Fit in an identification card with your home address and contact number on your dog’s collar. In the unfortunate circumstance that your dog does get lost, some kind soul should be able to realize this. He/she can then contact you, using the provided information.
A dog can be a delightful companion on your hiking trip. Just make sure you follow the above precautions, and there should be nothing stopping you and your dog from having a gala time outdoors!