In anticipation of some lovely summer days ahead, there’s been a lot of chatter about upcoming hiking adventures. As a great solution for a fun day and a fantastic workout, it’s no wonder that hiking ranks as one of Ruff Wear customers’ favorite activities to do with their dogs.
Keeping safety top-of-mind is important however, as things on the trail don’t always go as planned. We hear stories of dogs overstepping boundaries near canyon walls, being taken off-leash and not returning, or simply injuring their paws on the trail. Here are a few reminders to stay safe on the trail:
- Train and condition your dog ahead of time so you know their limitations.
- Make sure your dog is under voice command, even when distracted by other hikers, birds, animals, or other dogs.
- Use a sturdy leash—or even carry an extra leash along, just in case.
- Make sure your dog has all tags and identification secured and up to date prior to your trip.
- Know the terrain and area. It’s a good idea to hike it alone before bringing your dog along if you are new to the area or new to hiking. In addition, new terrain might be challenging on even the sturdiest of paws, so consider using dog boots to protect paws from abrasion and injury.
- Be prepared with the supplies you need—poop bags, water, bowls, treats, and a first aid kit.
Please post your own hiking tips and stories to share with the community and help keep our trails a safe and happy place for humans and canines!