Hiking is a pawsome activity to enjoy with your four-legged best friend. Not only is it good exercise, but it also improves mental health for human and canine alike. Ready to take a break from the concrete jungle and spend some time outdoors with your pup? If your pooch has been an urban dweller all their life, don’t fret! Follow these tips to ease them into hiking and ensure a furrific experience that both of you will enjoy!
For a pleasant hike with your four-legged city dweller, don’t leave home without the following items:
- Water and portable water bowl. Prepare at least one quart of water for every three miles. Never let your dog drink from streams, ponds, rivers, or standing water, which can be contaminated with parasites and pathogens.
- Collar with ID tags. In case you and your pup get separated.
- Two six-foot leashes. Bring a spare in case the first leash breaks.
- Dog food or snacks. Your pup might get hungry mid-hike, and they need to refuel afterwards too.
- Dog waste bags. For cleaning up after your pooch. Always pack out filled bags. Remember to leave no trace!
- First aid kit. There probably won’t be a vet near the trail, so buy or assemble a dog first aid kit and learn how to use it.
- Dog-safe insect repellent. The outdoors is home to fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases.
- Towel. For drying off your dog in case they get wet, cooling them down in the event of heatstroke, and wiping off muddy paws.
- Comb. For checking for and/or removing foxtails, burrs, and insects when you get off the trail.