5 ESSENTIALS TO BRING WHEN HIKING WITH YOUR DOG
Outdoor adventures can only be made better with your dog companion by your side! Hiking with your pup is a great opportunity for quality time, exercise, and training. It’s important to always think about your dog’s safety during outdoor excursions, in order to keep both of you happy and healthy!
Here are some essentials to bring with you on your adventures:
1. Proper Gear
Having durable gear you can trust is one of the most important things to consider when you’re hiking with your dog. Doggie instincts are very real - Dog sees squirrel, dog thinks CHASE!! You don’t want your dog to slip out of a collar and get away from you in the middle of the woods - You need equipment you can count on when you’re in the great outdoors! Sturdy leashes and collars are a must, and harnesses are great to provide total control over your dog.
2. First Aid Kit
Spending time in the wilderness calls for always being prepared! Tweezers, bandages, eyewash, Benadryl and antibiotic ointment are always good to have on hand. When your hike is over, make sure to thoroughly examine your dog for any cuts/scrapes/ticks etc.
3. Food, Water And TREATS!
Bring as much food and water as your dog needs for the amount of time you’ll be hiking, and then pack extra! Portable dog bowls are awesome for outdoor activities. These collapsible bowls fold into themselves for easy storage and are super lightweight – your pup can even carry it! And, as all dog owners know, treats always come in handy when you need your dog to listen, and to reinforce good trail etiquette.
4. Appropriate Outfitting
Booties should be considered for rough terrain and extreme heat and cold weather. For hot weather, also consider a cooling jacket or collar. For cold weather, outfit your pup in warm dog jacket or vest! Doggy backpacks are also perfect, and will lighten your load! Your dog is okay to carry some gear for themselves and, added bonus, will also look super cute.
5. Plastic Bags
Remember to Leave No Trace! Always have plenty of plastic bags to clean up after your dog with. No one wants to step in puppy poo, and it can also be detrimental to the environment. Doggy bag dispensers are super convenient to carry multiple doggy bags at once, and are easy to clip onto a leash or belt loop!
Happy Trails and Wagging Tails!