So you like to hike? Well, guess what - your dog probably likes to hike, too! While you have probably already thought to bring your dog on a trail or two, you may want to consider a few other pup friendly activities for while you are out hiking together. Hiking doesn't have to just be walking straight up a trail, it can be much more fun and involved for you and your dog! So grab the leash (and maybe a few other things…) and get ready to hit the trails in a whole new way with your dog by your side!
While hiking can be hard enough, give your dog an extra challenge by fitting them with a doggy backpack. This is an especially good activity to do with a dog who is already accustomed to hiking long distances. Having your dog wear a doggy backpack will not only add to the exercise they are getting on the trail but it also gives your dog a sense of purpose or a "job" which has been proven to make dogs thrive - everyone wants to feel like they have an important job! So grab a doggy backpack and add a whole new dimension to hiking with your dog (p.s. make your pooch carry the water bottles!).
Yes, we are talking about activities to do relating to hiking but have you ever climbed to the top of a trail just to find a glistening lake or steam? Well, there you go! Swimming is necessary! Adding a swim to your hike is a great way for you and your dog to cool off. Also, if you don't feel much like taking a dip, your dog still may, especially on hot days after a long hike. So sit by the stream and encourage your dog to go for a quick swim before heading back down the mountain. Hiking and swimming definitely go hand in hand!
While you and your dog both love to hike, sometimes the weather isn't suitable for hiking. What are you to do on these days? Why, stairs of course! A stair workout is a great way to get in your daily dose of climbing and it is also something your dog will be able to participate in as well (and a fun rainy day activity for your pup is always good to have under your belt).
Keep track of all the trails you have climbed with your dog and try to reach a certain number. Celebrate with your dog after you have both hiked 20, 50, 100 trails!
Bring your dog's favorite ball to play with while on your hike. This keeps your dog entertained and allows them to run rather than simply walking along.
Hiking is one of the best activities you can do with your pup. It is typically free, it gets you both out in the open air and it is something your dog will truly enjoy. So get off your tail and start planning your next hike to include some of these fun activities!