Author, Noelle Dunn, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
Who does not enjoy fresh air, exercise and time with their four legged pal? Going on a walk with your pet is one of the best experiences you can have. Hiking in the mountains or walking wooded trails can be even better!
However, there are some tips and precautions one must take when thinking about taking your pet on a hike. Taking your pet with you on a hike is a rather large responsibility and not all dogs are ready nor meant to hike.
Below are some tips to consider if you are thinking about taking Fido out with you on your next hike.
First things first:
- Obedience.While you may love your pup, how obedient is he? Does he get easily distracted? Does he return immediately when called?
- Health. How is your pet’s health and stamina? Does your pet take medications? Visit with your vet first to ensure your pet is up for hikes.
- Rules. Verify well before your arrival, if the area you are considering for that hike is pet friendly. Can Fido come? If so, obtain the rules and regulations before venturing out.
- Location. Please verify the area is suitable for your pet. Avoid rocky, tough terrain as it may not be suitable for Fido’s paws. What creatures might your pet be exposed to on the hike? Is he trained to handle encounters with snakes? Bears?
Once you have all of your ducks in a row time to prepare for the hike. Below is a checklist of some important items to square away and carry with you on that hike:
- Bring a leash and collar. While your pup may be well behaved and trained, the leash is a good idea for their protection – especially in unknown territory. There will be so many new smells and sights for your pet! It can be overwhelming and the urge to stray might be possible for even the most obedient of dogs.
- Bring plenty of water and a bowl. You need to ensure Fido has plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially during the summer months when heat and exercise can potentially lead to heat exhaustion.
- Plastic bags. You must pick up after your pet.
- First aid. Make sure you have essential first aid care in the event Fido is hurt. You should have a first aid kit on hand at home even if you aren’t thinking about hiking.
- ID. Ensure your pets is micro-chipped and his collar has an up to date ID with your cellphone number on it your home number will not help you if you are out in the woods with your dog). Also, ensure you have a recent, clear full-bodied photo of your pet with you. In the event your pet does get lost, all of these will improve your chances of being reunited with your pet.
Now that you are prepped and packed, you are ready to go! Enjoy a hike with your best friend! Remember to respect all wildlife you encounter, keep Fido safe and have fun!
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