Hiking With Dogs – What You Need to Know!
29 June, 2016
It’s always fun to bring your dogs along with you when you go for a hike. But a hiking trip and/or trail is very different than your daily walk in the neighborhood. Below are some helpful tips for keeping you and dog safe and happy on your outdoor adventures.
Keep the long leashes at home
Extending leashes are great for wide open spaces, but if your trail is taking you through wooded areas, it’s best to leave the long leashes at home. Otherwise, you’ll probably spend more time untangling your dog’s leash from trees and brush than you will enjoying your walk!
Only allow your dog a limited time of off- leash time
If your dog is the trustworthy first make sure that dogs are allowed to be off-leash in the area you’re exploring. And, make sure that your dog responds reliably to your recall command—even the most obedient dog might bolt after some fascinating new critter.
Make sure your dogs have proper IDs
Whether you’re using a leash or not, don’t forget IDs. You should always make sure that your current contact information, including your cell phone number, is attached to your dog’s collar or body harness.
Is your dog up to date on his vaccinations?
You never know what you may encounter on your outdoor adventure, so before setting out into the wilderness, check your dog’s veterinary records and make sure his vaccinations are up-to-date. Always better to be safe!
Bring plenty of water for you and your dog
Both of you need to stay hydrated, so bring enough water for two. Don’t allow your pup to drink from puddles, ponds, lakes or streams as they may contain nasty parasites or toxins that could cause her harm. Bring along a little bowl where you can place water for your dog.
Once the hike is done, check for ticks!
When your hike is finished, give your dog a thorough once-over for ticks and other potential insects or fleas. Make sure to pay special attention to your dog’s belly, ears, and any skin folds and crevices.
If you do spot a tick, treat the area with rubbing alcohol and remove the parasite immediately by slowly pulling it off with tweezers. Be careful when removing a tick from your dog since any contact with the ticks’ blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you. Wash the bite area and keep an eye on it for the next few days and if the irritation is still there, make sure to contact your vet.
While hiking with your dog can be a lot of fun, there is always the potential for some unexpected event to occur especially in new surroundings. So, as always, be prepared!