The weather is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors with your dog. We live in the suburbs so most of our walks are around the neighborhood. There are no trails or mountains to explore, but we enjoy just getting out and moving. Bentley manages to find quite a lot of interesting scents and loves to meet the neighbors. Pierre is thrilled to get a chance to explore and maybe spy a cat or squirrel.
Many of you do have areas where you can go on an actual hike. Here are a few tips to help make your journey safe for your companion.
1. Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations.
2. Be sure their rabies and identification tags are on the collar.
3. Are they guarded against fleas, ticks, and heartworms?
4. Is your pup in good health and free of any open wounds that could become infected?
5. Avoid feeding them a large meal prior to your hike. Instead, bring treats and food with you and only give small amounts.
This is a list of items you’ll want to bring along on the hike.
1. Bring plenty of fresh water, for both you and your dog.
2. A portable bowl, sealed bags of snacks and food.
3. Dog backpack can be very useful to lighten your load and make your best friend feel needed.
4. Pack a kit with wet wipes, a towel, sunscreen, waste disposal bags, and a basic first aid kit.
5. If your dog has close-cropped hair, and/or a light colored nose, you’ll need to apply sunscreen. There are sunscreens available for dogs.
The main thing that you’ll want to bring is an excitement and joy for exploring new horizons with your best friend.
Resources: PetMed (a Pet 360 company) http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_hiking_with_your_dog
Hike With Your Dog http://www.hikewithyourdog.com/
“Daddy, I found these cool hiking boots! Let’s go find a mountain to climb.”
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