Planning to hit the trails with your fur baby this summer? Try these summer hiking tips for dog owners on your next hike. Stay safe, hydrated and you’ll both have a great time on your next outing.
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Summer Hiking Tips for Dog Owners
Summer is here and that means a lot of time spent exploring the great outdoors. One of my favorite summer activities is taking my dogs out for walks and hikes in the mountains and along the coast in our area of the Pacific Northwest.
I have two dogs, Doug, an 11 year old pug and Luna, an 8 year old lab. Doug is getting a little bit too old to go on adventures these days but Luna loves to come out and explore the woods and trails with me.
There are some measures you can take to ensure that everything goes smoothly on you and your dog’s adventures. Here are some of my best summer hiking tips for dog owners.
First things first, you need to make sure you and your dog are safe. Always plan out your route and let someone know where you are going. Bring a fully charged cell phone in case you get lost. Make sure your dog has a collar and leash and an up to date id tag with your phone number in case she gets lost.
Bring Extra treats and food for your dog
All that exercise out on the trails is sure to make your dog work up a big appetite. Bring along some dog treats and food for your pet to snack on.
Pick Up After Your Pup
If you are headed to a park or pubic trails always make sure you bring extra doggie bags. Don’t be that jerk who doesn’t clean up after their dog! There is nothing worse than having your dog do their “business”, and after you clean it up you they go again and you have nothing to clean up after them with! Make sure you keep a few extra dog bags in your backpack for this reason.
Keep large jug of water and a bowl in your car for your pup to drink when you are finished your hike. Dogs get thirsty too and making sure they stay hydrated after hitting the trails will keep them healthy and happy.
What are some of your best tips for hiking with your dog this summer? Share in the comments!