July 26, 2018
Hiking with Dogs: Supplies, Recommendations and Tips
If you're looking through our website, chances are that you and your dog enjoy outdoor adventures together. From swimming to hiking, our BAYDOG gear is designed for active, adventure-seeking canines. But, hiking with dogs isn't something to jump into without doing your research. You'll need a few necessary supplies, and you need to be sure that Fido is physically up for the challenge. Hiking with dogs is great exercise for both of you, plus spending quality time together will foster the bond between you and your canine companion. Dogs are energetic, fun-loving and always up for exploring. They make the perfect hiking partners! No matter where you go for a hike, there will be fresh smells, new sights and maybe even some new friends to meet. Hiking with dogs will offer you both a chance for socialization, exercise and rejuvenation. There is nothing like an afternoon spent in the great outdoors to reset your yourself and take a break from the electronics and hectic schedules of today's world. While hiking by yourself is peaceful, it can also be a little bit lonely. Bringing your dog along will give you a friend to travel with that won't spend all day chatting and disturbing your peace. There are numerous things to consider before you take Fido on your first hike, and a list of must-have supplies that you'll need to purchase.
Hiking with Dogs
Before you hikeHiking is a lot of fun, but it can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. You should be sure to research the trail you plan to hike before setting out. Keep your ability level and your dog's health in mind. If you're beginning adventurers, a short, easy hike will be best to get you started. If you have hiked in the past but haven't done a lot of physical exercise recently, you shouldn't overestimate your strength. The best thing to do is start out easy and work your way up. Getting your dog accustomed to hiking should be a gradual process. Start with short, easy hikes and slowly move up to more challenging adventures. Before you know it, you and Fido will have the stamina to hike many miles over rough terrain. Your dog will need to be 100% obedient if you plan to allow him to go off leash at any time. More so, he will need to follow basic commands and be properly leash trained before setting out for a hike. Even if you're planning a short hike on a relatively unknown trail, there is still a chance that you could meet other hikers and/or see other animals. If your dog isn't well behaved, a situation like this could become very serious. Make sure that your dog is physically ready for the challenge. Small breeds, puppies, senior dogs and pets with certain health conditions may not be cut out for hiking. Some breeds make better hiking partners than others. For example, if your dog has a respiratory problem, hiking during warm weather or in humid conditions may be a problem. The best thing that you can do is consult your veterinarian if you have any questions. They will be able to tell you whether or not your dog is capable of hiking and help you plan a trip that is appropriate for your canine companion.
Must-have suppliesThere are hundreds of different products on the market that are geared toward dog owners who like to hike. You can get everything from wireless cameras to record your adventures to GPS trackers for your furry friend. I know we're all on a budget, so don't worry about spending big bucks for pet supplies that you'll only be using once in a while. However, there is some gear that is an absolute must when hiking with dogs:
- ID tags and/or microchip
- canine first aid kit
- food and water
- collapsible travel bowls
- insect repellent
- dog poop bags