Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hiking With Your Dog

   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.

Hike With Your Dog

“Daddy, I found these cool hiking boots!  Let’s go find a mountain to climb.”

I am joining Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola for their Black  White Sunday blog hop.  Have a fantastic day and enjoy these other B & W blogs.


  1. Look at those super cool boots you got on !!! Awesome!! Happy BW Sunday!

  2. Hikes are great! You look so snazzy is your boots!!!!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl and I at Earl's World!

  3. Snazy boots and a hike sounds fun. Have a serene Sunday and let us all partake of some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Maybe your boots are a little to big Bentley LOL. Sniff from Laika and Vaks.

  5. Glad your internet troubles are over with. We had to get a new router in April as our wireless was almost down to nothing. Stuff like that stresses out the Mom here. We love walks. There aren't any real serious hiking spots around, but we have lot of trails in wooded areas or around lakes that are fun to go to. Happy Sunday!

  6. looks like we are all set - let the hike begin :)

  7. hahahaha he is ready to go. Great list and tips! I forgot to tell you yesterday that the thing attached to Gamblers collar on Friday's post was his electronic collar to help keep him in line when training.

  8. Cool boots and great tips for the hiking dogs. Ticks are something that we have to be careful about here. Nobody wants Lyme disease.

  9. Hahaha oh Bentley! You look super cool in your boots, so pleased you take mummy's advice seriously! Beautiful boy!
    Hugs, Carrie and pups x

  10. Hey Bentley are those boots made for walking? Love Dolly

  11. We keep meaning to take longer hikes, but my dogs seem to enjoy hiking in the neighborhood and passing through shopping centers where there seem to be new smells all the time. Smells are, after all, what interest dogs, not the scenery.

  12. You look ready to go Bentley! Great tips - thanks for sharing.

  13. Bentley looks fully equipped and ready for anything!

  14. How FUN! Due to Sugar's age we only do mini hikes. Important thing to remember is always protect your dog from any harmful insects especially ticks. Happy Sunday!

  15. Oh man!! How fun would that be!! I gots to trick Ma into takin' me hikin'! Butts most of our parks don't allow doggies, and the ones that do have rattlers. Nuts.
    Well, I'm takin' notes anyhu, you just never know! Thanks for the tips!
    Ruby ♥

  16. Pawsome boots Bentley!!! \We don't have many hiking spots here either! Our main walks are around the neighborhood and down by the river. I would love to go somewhere for a nice hike with the huskies though!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  17. This boots are made for walking, I'm sure . Thanks for your fabulous tips :o)

  18. Cute photo! We love hiking with our pup. We've had so much hot weather though, we haven't been out in a while. Maybe now that we are getting our "June gloom" weather we can hit the hiking trails again!

  19. Fab photo and great advice too! The P.A. used to love taking her Jack Russell - Daisy Mai walking, good times, that what she said!

    Happy Tuesday

    Bestest purrs

    Basil xox

  20. So funny! I scrolled down and just started laughing. Great photo!

  21. Looking good, Bentley! We go hiking all the time! One time, Mom was the one who got hurt and we had to patch her up with MY first aid kit. Hers didn't have the stuff in it that she needed.


  22. Those are great tips. We used to hike with the dogs a lot, but now we only do it occasionally....we like to stick closer to home these days.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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