Since most dogs love outdoor adventures, it is an excellent idea to bring yours along with you during a summer hike. Since you will be traveling in the wild when it is hot outside, there are some things that you should do to make the journey safe and enjoyable. Consider the following tips.
Make Sure to Pack the Necessities
It is important that you create a checklist with all of the things you and your dog will need and include them in your backpack for your hike. You will want to bring a water and food dish, your dog’s medication, water, a flashlight, a good pair of hiking boots, and a satellite phone capable of receiving a signal in case of an emergency.
Remember the Leash or E-Collar
You may be tempted to let your dog roam freely, but this can be dangerous if you have no way of responding when he wanders somewhere he should not be. He may run too close to a cliff or encounter an animal or venomous snake that would threaten his life. Having an e-collar or long lead will give your dog some of the freedom he will enjoy while being able to control him at a moment’s notice.
Make Sure to Consider Your Dog When Choosing Your Destination
Some parks and trails are made to be dog-friendly while others can be more treacherous. If you want to bring your dog along, do some research first to find a pet-appropriate location with trails that are designed for people to bring dogs along.
Bring Along a Tent
Even if you do not plan to stay overnight, you never know when having a tent could help you in a pinch. If you’ve gotten lost or are hit with inclement weather, a tent will provide both you and your dog with refuge from water and drops in temperature.
Ensure Your Dog is Properly Trained
Obedience and the ability to recall your dog when prompted are important on a summer hike as these skills can protect your dog from hazardous situations. To learn more about obedience training from the German Dog Training Center, give us a call at 530-749-8861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org