Hiking With Your Dog

 

This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller

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Preparing to Go on Hikes With Your Dog

Getting outside for a hike is a wonderful way to be physically active with your dog. He or she will have fun getting to explore a scenic area and taking in all the fascinating scents. You’ll like being able to take a break from a boring treadmill for some great exercise. Here are some things that you should do when you’re preparing to go on a hike with your dog.

Plan Your Route

Choose an area that you are familiar with and you know that you can’t easily get lost in on your hike. A trail shouldn’t be too steep or have sharp downward drops. Know your limitations, and also know your dog’s limitations. If you think that your dog may tire partway through, consider bringing a pet stroller or pull-wagon. An older dog will love being able to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors without feeling like he or she has run out of steam or experiencing any type of joint inflammation from over-exertion.

Bring Plenty of Fresh Cold Water for Both of You

Both you and your dog will need some water during your hike. Be sure to bring plenty for both of you. You can bring a portable water bowl or a water bottle that’s specially made for dogs so that they can drink from it easily. Stainless steel is always a good option for bringing drinks along with you outdoors because it will keep them cold for a long time.

Regulate Your Energy Levels With a Supplement

Give your energy levels a boost with a supplement made from natural ingredients. Don’t pick an energy shot with a high volume of caffeine that will give you a jolt and then fade quickly. They can produce unwanted side effects and make you feel jittery or anxious. Choose a supplement such as Thrive that offers energy via vitamins and nutrients instead of just stimulants. Thrive side effects that have been reported by users are typically minimal because it doesn’t contain the same type of powerful stimulants contained in supplements that are intended to enhance energy.

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

A little vitamin D from the sun is good for you and your dog, but overexposure to UV rays can be harmful to both of you. Dogs with shorter coats are particularly susceptible to sunburn, and even dogs with thick coats can burn their noses. Don’t apply a sunscreen that’s meant for people to your dog; it may not be safe if your dog licks it. Instead, use a sunscreen that’s specially formulated for dogs.

Get Your Dog a Great Harness

Compared to a leash attached to a neck collar, a harness is much more comfortable for your dog to wear on long walks. In addition, it will give you better control of your dog if he or she gets excited about crossing paths with another animal, and it’s less likely to cause injury to a smaller dog in the way that collar leash can. Ultimately, harnesses are more comfortable and safer than a leash attached to a collar around a dog’s neck.

Leave Your Headphones at Home

When you’re on a hike, you might like to listen to music. When you’re on a hiking trail with your dog, however, you need to be able to hear what’s going on around you. You’ll want to keep an ear out for any dogs or other animals that may be approaching from behind you. Even if your dog is always friendly, another animal may not be. It’s important to be able to react quickly to pull your dog towards you and out of harm’s way.

Hiking with your dog gives you a chance to be outdoors, stay physically active, and spend some quality time with your favorite walking companion. Plan ahead, fuel up, get the right gear, and keep an eye towards safety to ensure that you’ll both have a great time.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”