Desert hikes, no matter what time of the year, can be great fun for you and your dog. Sunny days or overcast days are best, and dog owners want to avoid hot or rainy days on the trails. When planning a hike with your dog, you must be aware of the weather conditions. Summertime in desert locations gets hot, and many trails issue heat advisories. Hikers should always take heat warnings seriously, especially with their dog along since they cannot tell you how hot they are. In the summer, it's best to take early morning hikes when the temperatures are at their lowest. Zenith hikes are never suggested at any point in the year since the sun is at its hottest and brightest between noon and 3:00 pm. In the winter, late afternoon hikes, just before sunset are ideal for you and your pooch. This activity can range in price depending on parking and admission to the trailhead as well as some of the gear. Dog boots are important if your dog will wear them because they will prevent thorns and rocks from getting stuck in their feet. A dog-geared first aid kit is also necessary and should include tweezers and dog tape to remove any sharp desert flora from your dog's coat. Finally, your dog must have a leash or harness on the trail for their safety as well as others.
Many deserts, despite their reputations for being dry, hard climates, have plenty of water spaces. Lakes and rivers are found throughout the Southwest that many people frequent year round and most dogs love the water. Sunny or overcast days are the best days to go to the lake or river, and people should avoid rainy days altogether. Rain can sometimes bring flash flooding in the desert, which is a dangerous event. Always check the weather forecast and don't recreate during or just after a rainstorm, especially if it rained upstream. If you're boating with your dog, bring a dog life vest. All dogs can swim but not for extended periods of time. You always want to be on the safe side when out on the water. Additionally, keep your dog on their leash until you find the perfect spot to let them loose in the water. Be sure your dog is welcome in the water and try not to be too disruptive to those fishing nearby. A nice secluded space is ideal for doggy water sports. Lastly, bring a ball that floats for this activity.