Going hiking with your dog this spring is a real build-up to outdoor adventures with your dog. It gives them a chance to sniff out a different environment while also allowing them to stretch their legs and get some outdoor exercise. You’ll need a few things for your backpacking dog adventures…
Hiking With Your Dog and a Spring Time Backpack Adventure!
Taking your best friend along on a backpack adventure hike shouldn’t bog you down with additional hiking gear, but you’ll need to consider where you’re going and how long you plan to hike in order to ensure you have what you need for a safe trip.
There are benefits to dog walking or hiking for an afternoon or taking an overnight camp. You need to ensure to stock your backpack with the following items to help Rover to be safe on the hike and to have as much fun as you do.
Above all, make sure your dog is up to the challenge of an afternoon hike. Make sure they are healthy and well-nourished before setting out on the hike. Older dogs should be treated to a trail way with a level terrain and with little to no incline. Small dogs should be taken on well groomed trails that won’t have a lot of low hanging brush or leaves that may cause eye or skin irritation.
Pay attention to the signs your dog may give while on a hike that there is something wrong. If they avoid the sunshine or lay underneath leaves they may be dehydrated and need to stop for a long drink of water. If their stride becomes labored or if they favor one paw over another, they may have gotten a sliver or cut on their pad. Your dog will tell you what they need while outdoors so long as you listen.
If you believe your dog needs some exercise prior to go hiking this spring, be sure to ask a Dog Day Getaway staff member about the DDG dog walking service.