Tips For Hiking With Dogs

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The best thing that has ever happened to me was due to two dogs, two rescue dogs, 2 Traveling Dogs, Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake.  Fighing a lifelong battle with depression, I found my medicine with these boys in the great outdoors.  One of the missions we have on this website and Facebook page is to let people know that getting active, fit and healthy with your dog is one of the best lifestyles ever!  But where do you start?

After seven years of hiking with two of the worst walkers ever (yes, I know, but it’s the dern truth), I have a few tips to share with you.  My dogs are well-behaved…at least most of the time.  They aren’t dog whisperer graduates.  And they definitely don’t know what not to pee on.  But I wouldn’t trade any of our trail adventures for anything. And that’s the truth.

So.  Without further adieu, here are the 2 Traveling Dogs hiking tips:

  1.  Plan accordingly. There is almost nothing worse than arriving at a park or trail and seeing a sign that says “no dogs allowed”.  You will cry.  Your dogs will cry.  Look up each individual park online and if they don’t specify the rules, call them, email them or message them on Facebook. Ask!
  2.  Follow the rules.  I know, I know.  It’s not always fun to keep your dog on a leash. But if the rules are such, please do it.  When you break the rules, it means less trails for dog parents to go on, less friendly people on the trails and it may simply not be safe for your dog to not follow the rules! And please, do we have to remind you, please…please..pick up after your dog. You know what I’m talkin bout.
  3.  Know your fitness level and your dog’s too.  When you first start hiking, take it easy.  Each hike, each day, increase your distance little by little.  You want this to be fun, not torture!
  4.   Pack accordingly.  Water, water, water.  And more water.  Your dog will drink more than you think on the trails.  Of course, seasons, trail conditions and location will differ.  But no matter where you are, pack clean water!  And don’t forget the snacks!
  5.   Have fun! Do your research and find a location you have never been to before.  Maybe you have always wanted to see a waterfall, or mountain top.  Hiking has unlimited possibilities!

We cannot overemphasize the fun you will have hiking with your dog.  And we want to hear where YOU like to go! Please comment and let us know.  Maybe we will be in your neighborhood!

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