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7 Things to Consider Before Taking Your Dog Hiking

As the sun is out more, and temperatures start to rise, what better way to spend time with your dog than with a beautiful hike? There’s nothing better than the great outdoors, fresh air, and having your happy little sidekick along for the adventure!

There are a few things to consider before you embark on your journey however.

Below we have a list of some precautions to take before hiking with your pup, and a few tips for during the hike as well!

  1. If your dog is still quite young, or a senior, they might not be up for the challenge of a hike. Dogs that are too young/old may lack the strength and stamina to do long, steep hikes. Also, their immune systems are more compromised, and being exposed to the unknown can lead to a trip to the vet clinic.
  2. Dogs that have not received proper training will have a harder time following your commands on a trail. There are many new smells and sights to see, which can make your dog listening to you all the more difficult.
  3. Make sure to bring enough water for both of you! It is easy to remember water for yourself, but your little furry friend will need water as well! There are plenty of options for portable dog bowls to easily carry with you on your hike.
  4. Your dog’s vaccinations should be up-to-date before you go hiking. Making sure all vaccinations stay updated will help protect your pup from diseases encountered out in the wild. It is also a good idea to make sure your pet is protected from fleas and ticks. Lucky for you Shaggy Shack offers flea treatments with grooming services. Click here to find out more.
  5. Build up some stamina! If your dog is new to hiking, start with a smaller, easier trail and move up from there. No one is ready for a marathon without some training! This is a good way for you to build stamina as well.
  6. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash, even if they are off-leash trained. If your dog is off a leash they could scare other hikers, get injured out of your line of sight, or damage native foliage off trail.
  7. Bring some doggy essentials! Be sure to pack a water bowl, dog snacks, poop bags, a compact first aid kit, a towel, and an extra leash just in case!

If you find a trail you are wanting to hike that is possibly too much for your pup, you can always put them in daycare! In daycare your pup can run around and be social with other dogs, so they will still be having fun! For more information on daycare click here.

We hope you have fun adventuring in the wild with your dog, and be sure to tag us in your hiking photos @shaggyshackpetresort on Instagram.