Hiking with your dog can be a rewarding experience — for both of you! Now that spring has sprung, many of us are itching to be outside enjoying the great outdoors on a hike. And that goes for our four-legged friends, too. Hiking safely and responsibly with your dog is more involved than just hopping out of the car and setting loose on a trail. This advice will get you ready to tackle the trail with your dog, and teach you how to be socially and environmentally conscious while hiking.
Is your dog ready for hiking?
There are a few things to consider before you head out that will guarantee a safe, joyful trek.
1. How strenuous is the hike? Your dog's age, stature, and fitness level are all factors that will determine if he or she can go on a trail with you, or what type of trail you select. Older dogs get achy joints and tire out faster than dogs in their prime. Meanwhile a tough hike may hinder proper development in puppies if there is too much jumping or scrambling before their joints and bones are fully formed. Shorter dogs may have a moreRead More »from How to Hike with Your Dog: Tips, Rules and Great Gear