Thinking about hiking with your dog?
Hiking with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry bestie. However, it's important to prepare properly to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike. Here are some tips to help you plan your next hiking adventure with your dog:
Choose a dog-friendly trail
Not all hiking trails are suitable for dogs, so do some research to find a trail that is dog-friendly and allows dogs on leashes. Check the trail difficulty level and length to make sure it's appropriate for your dog's age, size, and fitness level.
Pack the essentials
Bring plenty of water for both you and your dog, as well as snacks and waste bags for your dog. It's also a good idea to bring a first aid kit for both you and your dog in case of any injuries.
Leash and collar
Keep your dog on a leash at all times to ensure their safety and to respect other hikers on the trail. Make sure your dog's collar fits properly and has identification tags with your contact information.
Our Waterproof Jellies leashes, collars, and harnesses are perfect for adventuring. They’re durable, easy to clean, and hold up beautifully in any climate - rain or shine. For those particularly challenging hikes, check out our collection of hands-free leashes. They’re ideal when hiking poles are your best friend (next to your dog, of course!).
Training and obedience
Your dog should be trained in basic obedience commands such as "come," "stay," and "leave it." Practice these commands before your hike to reinforce good behavior on the trail.
Monitor your dog's behavior
Keep an eye on your dog's behavior throughout the hike. If they appear tired or overheated, take a break in a shaded area and offer water. Watch out for signs of dehydration or heat stroke, such as excessive panting or lethargy.
Respect wildlife and the environment
Keep your dog on the trail to avoid disturbing wildlife or damaging the environment. Always pick up after your dog and pack out any waste. Our Leather Capsule can help you pick up poop in style - simply loop it onto the handle of your leash for easy access to bags while you’re on the go.
Hiking with your dog can be a great way to bond and enjoy the great outdoors together. With proper preparation and care, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience for both you and your furry friend.