Taking your Rover guests on a hike is a great way to get in extra exercise, and add something really special to their stay. With plenty of action, adventure, and lots of things to sniff, dogs will have a blast hiking by your side. Plus, taking dogs along helps give you a vote of confidence as they encourage you to make it to the tops.
So, how should you do it? If you prepare well and bring necessary supplies, as well as keep an eye out for good trail behavior, you’ll be set.
Before You Go
Make sure the trail is dog-friendly, as certain wilderness areas are off-limits for dogs, such as national parks. Also, hiking is best with energetic dogs that do well on leash. Be sure to check in with your Rover dog’s owner about your hiking plans, as they’ll have insight into how their dog will take to the activity.
What to Bring
Water and a water bowl
Keep hydrated! Hiking takes a lot out of people and dogs. Make sure you have plenty of clean water for you both. Water from rivers and lakes could contain harmful parasites or algae. A collapsible water dish is a great idea for conserving space in your pack.
Leash and harness
Keep a dog on leash while hiking, so you can avoid any unfortunate mishaps. A long, strong leash will let your doggy guests roam a bit. Using a harness is great when a dog needs a little help getting over a tough spot. Always make sure the dog has their collar and tags, too.
Food and treats
Packing food and treats will ensure that dogs have enough energy to hike all day long.
Dog first aid kit
Hiking presents potential hazards. Having a first aid kit will give you the tools you need in case of emergency, plus give you peace of mind.
Some dogs need extra protection for their paws. If there is rough terrain or snow, dog booties will help keep paws nice and safe.
Disposable poop bags
It’s courteous to pick up after dogs, and it’s also vital for protecting the wildlife. Dog poop is hazardous for plants and other animals, so scoop it up along the way!
Don’t want to carry all that dog gear? Pack them up with their own doggie bag. Dog backpacks give their wearers a real sense of pride and purpose. This is an especially good option for herding dogs and other dogs with a strong working instinct.
Go prepared, and you’ll have a great time. Let the adventure begin!