Hiking with your dog

Hiking with your dog

Does your dog like adventure?

Hiking with your dog is a great way to stay active and build memories together. And of course, you want to make sure to keep you and your dog safe and happy. Follow these simple tips and your adventure will be sure to be one to remember. 

1. Make sure dogs are allowed.

It's hard to believe it, but some parks and trails do not allow dogs. So you want to do some research before adventuring out.

2. Keep your dogs on a leash.

To make sure your dog stays safe, your dog should be kept on a leash at all times. This keeps them from running off, encountering wildlife, and from other dogs that aren't familiar.

3. Make sure your dog has the right gear and essentials.

Water is an essential thing to bring while hiking with your dog. You want to make sure they stay hydrated, as well as yourself. Your dog may also want a quick snack to stay energized!

Other things to bring include a collar with tags, a pet first aid kit, and depending on the temperature and terrain,  your dog may need booties.


4. Don't forget the poop bags! 

Practice "Leave No Trace" and clean up your dog’s waste

5. Don't make assumptions.

Don’t assume that every hiker or other dog you meet on the trail is dog-friendly. Be sure to keep your dog well controlled so that you can keep your dog a safe distance from other hikers - they might not like dogs. And of course, don’t assume that other dogs you might meet on the trail are friendly, even if they are wagging their tails.

6. Make sure your dog is up for the challenge.

Obviously, exercise is good for your dog. But it's important to know your dog's limit. If your dog is older or a young puppy, they might not be able to go as far, as long, or do a challenging hike. Watch their body language and when in doubt, don't push it. Lastly, make sure your dog's joints are supported. A few great supplements for supporting healthy joints are glucosamine, chondroitin, and CBD - and our Joint Formula Chewable Tablet happens to contain all three.

At the end of the day, you will never regret going on a hike with your dog. You will get to cherish the time spent together and all of the exciting new adventures. And hopefully with these tips, hiking can be enjoyable for both you and your dog.

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