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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.

Homemade Dog Treats

While the country is uncertain when we can get back to our normal lives, let’s try some new things at home that’s good for us and our furry friends!

Treats are pretty much a must-have in all dog households, and they can be a bit spendy (especially now). Have you ever considered homemade dog treats? Well today is the day!

Below we have a couple dog treat recipes, and they can be very simple, and not expensive to make! So let’s get creative in the kitchen, and have some fun with our pups!

Two things to keep in mind with these recipes:

Do Not use peanut butter that contains the ingredient Xylitol. This ingredient is extremely toxic for dogs. There are plenty of peanut butters without xylitol in it so don’t worry.

Uncooked flour is not good for dogs, so do not feed your pup any uncooked treat dough if it contains flour.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats:

  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  1. Preheat oven to 300F
  2. Combine all 3 ingredients in a medium sized bowl. You may need to get your hands in there for the final mixing.
  3. On a lightly floured surface roll out your dough to ¼ inch thickness
  4. Use bone shaped cookie cutters, or if you don’t have cookie cutters use a small drinking glass upside down to make shapes!
  5. Place treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool for at least 5 minutes, and watch your pup enjoy!

Homemade dog treats can be a great way to motivate your furry friend to learn new tricks on an agility course here in the Spanaway, Puyallup, or Tacoma areas! For more information click here!

Peanut Butter and Applesauce Cookies:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups quick-cook oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼-½ cup olive oil or coconut oil (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Combine all ingredients well, you may need to use your hands in this
  4. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface. If the dough is too crumbly this is where you would add the oil (a little bit at a time)
  5. Roll out dough to about a ¼ inch thickness
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out your treat shapes, or simply roll dough into small 1 inch balls
  7. Place on cookie sheet about ½ inch apart
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned
  9. Let cool for about 5 minutes before your pup gets to enjoy!

Another great utility for these homemade dog treats is to use them for training courses! Be sure to pack a snack bag for your pup before you head out to your next training session. Haven’t taken your pup to training classes yet? No problem! Click here to find out more about training courses Shaggy Shack has to offer.

We hope you enjoy baking in the kitchen for your pup! If you do try out these recipes make sure to take a picture, and tag @ShaggyShackPetResort on Instagram!