Whether you’re looking to plan your first adventure with your dog or try something new, hiking is a great choice for the two of you. It’s a great way to get your heart pumping, and hiking also gives your dog new places to explore! Get ready for an amazing trip and jot down these tips on how to plan a hiking getaway with your dog.
Make Sure You’re Both Ready
If you and your pup aren’t in the best health, then it may not be the time to go hiking. Take your pet to the vet to have them evaluated. You may want to go to the doctor as well, especially if this is your first hike. A checkup never hurts, and it validates that this is the best bonding option for you and your pup.
Pack the Necessary Gear
Once you know the two of you are up to the task, it’s time to start packing! The gear you and your canine need will differ, and if this is a camping trip, then you may need a little extra. For instance, you’ll need to know what clothes to pack for camping, as well as what camping clothes to bring for your pup— namely booties and a raincoat! Seasoned hikers recommend dressing in layers because you may be warm as you move around, but you’ll feel chilly as you reach higher elevations. Other gear you’ll need includes:
- A first aid kit
- Food and water
- A flashlight
- A spare collar and leash
You’re limited on what you can pack since only so much fits in your backpack. Make sure you have what you and your canine need for a trip that’s safe and fun.
Do Your Research
Knowing how to plan a hiking getaway with your dog includes doing your research. Before you pack your things and hit the road, you’ll have to look into the locations you want to visit, since some hiking paths ban dogs. And even if the location allows dogs, there may be rules about how they must behave. Luckily, you can usually find information and policies online.
Keep in mind that most locations have strict leash laws, and those that don’t usually require dogs to respond to recall. And one rule to never forget is to clean up after your furry friend, so make sure you add doggy bags to your packing list!
Decide How You’re Traveling
Finally, settle on a method of transportation. If you live near a mountain range or ideal hiking location, it may be a short car ride away. But if your getaway requires traveling out of state, then decide whether you and your dog will travel by car or plane. No matter how you plan to travel, you’re sure to have a blast with your furry friend by your side!