- Choose your location. Be sure to choose a trail that matches the fitness level of you and your dog.
- Check ahead. Make sure dogs are allowed on the trail you choose, and what the applicable leash laws are. Dogs are not allowed on National Park or National Monument Trails.
- In case of emergency. Check to make sure your dog’s shots are up to date. Be sure tags, identification, and dog license are well attached to your dog’s collar.
- Condition your dog. Just like you, your dog requires conditioning prior to a long, physically demanding workout.
- Don’t overload your dog pack. A pack should carry no more than 25-30% of your dog’s weight, depending on the health and fitness level of your dog. Remember, the use of a dog pack and dog boots will require conditioning and a “break-in” period, so be sure to take dogs on mini-adventures around the block before taking them on a long hike.
- Keep your dog cool and hydrated. Don’t forget to protect against overheating, even if it’s cold outside. For hikes in warm weather, the Swamp Cooler™ dog coat uses evaporative technology to keep dogs cool for hours.
- Extra hydration on the trail. Be sure to pack lots of water, or, if you have a Palisades Pack™ or SingleTrak™ Pack, fill up the included bladders and let your dog carry their own water.
- Make your dog visible. If you are headed out with your dog during hunting season, be sure to arm him with visibility. The Track Jacket™ is a great way to protect your dog.
- Be wary of parasites. Always cloak your dog with a guard against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites that carry illness that can harm your dog.