Tips for Hiking with Your Dog
For many pet owners, the dog is another member of the family. And if that is the case in your family, you probably want to bring he/she along for any trips you may be taking. But before you take your pooch to the trails for a hike, there are a few things to consider:
- Pet-friendly trails: Nothing will kill your adventure-buzz like rolling up to the trailhead only to find out pets aren’t allowed. Look up pet friendly trails online before leaving the house. And don’t forget a leash! Trails that do allow pets often require leashes.
- Food and water: Don’t assume your dog can just sniff out a fresh water source during a hike. Bring food and water for your furry friend. That way, your pooch will stay hydrated and energized for the adventure.
- Durable backpack: You’ll need a durable backpack with an ergonomic design to comfortably carry all your supplies. Pelican ProGear™ S145 Sport Tablet Backpack is lightweight, comfortable and provides plenty of space for any hiking gear you might need, plus a protective sleeve for your tablet.
- Know your pup’s endurance level: Just like humans, endurance levels differ from dog to dog. Decide which terrains and trail lengths are appropriate depending on the breed, age and daily activity level of your dog.
- Current ID tags: A lost dog is never good. A lost dog without proper ID tags can be devastating. Be sure your dog has a properly fitted collar with current ID tags.
- Flashlight: Time flies when you’re having fun on hiking trails. Be prepared for sundown with a powerful outdoor flashlight or headlight. Also equip your dog with a Pelican mini flasher LED, which can be attached to his or her collar.
- Post hike check-up: If your dog suffers an injury, it may not be immediately apparent. After the hike, closely check your pooch (especially its paws) for cuts, wounds, and ticks.
Hiking is a great way to enjoy nature and spend quality time with your pup. With these tips, you and your dog can enjoy a fun and safe day on the trails.