Make sure to research which trails are appropriate for bringing dogs. Just because a trail is labeled as “dog-friendly” doesn’t mean you can let your dog off the leash. Respect your fellow hikers and keep Fido close to you at all times.
Seems obvious, but don’t forget to pack water for your dog. We have a wonderful canine backpack that allows our dog to carry his own water. We pack a small collapsible dog bowl. It’s win-win for everyone.
When camping with your dog, make sure they stay close to the campsite. Put a light-up collar on them and if you need to, tie them up. It’s safer for the dogs and it’s safer for other unsuspecting campers who could be alarmed if an unleashed animal comes wandering into their campsite.
Be sure to pack a roll-up foam pad or a durable wool blanket for your dog to cozy up with at night. Even dogs get cold, too! Our dog has his favorite gray wool blanket that has seen better days!.
Let’s hope you don’t need it, but pack it just in case. The trails can be tough on paws. Be sure to check their feet after hiking.
Be sure to train your dogs for big hikes. Start out with daily walks, then graduate to more strenuous hikes. We had our dog first practice hiking with his empty backpack. As he got older, we added more weight to help build stamina. It’s a perfect addition to our hiking gear collection. He carries his stuff, and we carry ours.
Happy trails, friends!