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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
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.
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.
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.
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