5 Great Tips for Hiking with Dogs

Hiking with your dog is a great way to enjoy nature and get a little exercise. These tips for hiking with dogs will ensure you have an amazing hike with your furry friend.

Best Tips for Hiking With Dogs

We love to hike as a family and including our dogs in our outings is a big part of the fun. Heading out to your favorite hiking trail with your dog takes a little planning to ensure you both have a safe and happy hiking trip.

5 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

1. Find a Dog-Friendly Trail

The first step to planning a hike with your dog is to find a good hiking trail that is dog-friendly. For the safety of the land and the people hiking, many state and national parks do not allow dogs on their hiking trails, so it’s important to make sure your chosen trail is dog-friendly before heading out. It’s also a good idea to check on the trail’s rules regarding leashes to make sure you and your dog stay safe on your hike.

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2. Prepare Your Dog

A hike can be physically draining, so it’s important to make sure dog is prepared for the trek. Take your dog on long walks around the neighborhood to build up their endurance and toughen their paws for the rough terrain. These walks are also a great opportunity to practice your dog’s obedience training, which will come in handy if you plan to allow your dog to go off-leash on your hike.

It’s also important to have the right hiking gear for your dog from a good harness to the right water bottle. If you’re going to be hiking on rocky terrain you want to protect your dog’s paws with paw protective wax . For larger dogs a dog dog hiking backpack is a great idea so they can carry their own snacks, water and other gear. 

3. Bring Food and Water

Hiking can take a lot out of your dog. Make sure you have food on hand for them to refuel and enough water to keep them hydrated throughout the hike. And don’t forget to pack a pet water bottle and a collapsible bowl for their water to make it simple for them to get a drink when they’re thirsty.

5 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

4. Leave No Trace

If you’re a seasoned hiker, you know how important it is to leave no trace as you hike. So, in addition to making sure you clean up after yourself, you’ll also need to clean up after your dog. Don’t forget to pack extra baggies to carry the dog poop with you or a shovel to bury it.

5. Do an After-Hike Check-Up

Since your dog is walking low to the ground throughout the hike, it’s important to give them a good inspection after you finish hiking. Check your dog’s fur for ticks, cuts, and burs before you get in the car, then give your dog a good bath when you get home to give them a closer inspection for any other injuries or biting bugs.

5 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

You can also check out my tips for taking your dog to the beach here.

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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3 thoughts on “5 Great Tips for Hiking with Dogs”

  1. Love your post! My son has a dog and I think this article will help us to go hiking with his dog. I love hiking and my son loves his dog. So this article is a great help for us to go out together and have some fun.

  2. Excellent piece of advice! Being a pet parent I also first either do a dry run of the place or ask somebody who has frequented the trail to take into cognizance all the potential dangers that the pet could encounter in form of dangerous wild animals or even some trekkers unleashing their big dogs on the way.


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