6 Essentials for Hiking with Dogs


Before You Go: Tips for Hiking with Dogs

Dogs love to be outdoors–maybe even more than you do–make both of you happy by heading outside for a hike in the mountains. Before you go, see these six top tips for hiking with dogs so you and your pet stay healthy on the trail.

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Pack a daypack. 
Even on a short hike, bringing along gear for your pup is important. Your daypack should include water for you and Fido, dog food or treats, a protein bar for yourself, a collapsible dog bowl, and first aid kit with bandages, salves, and tweezers. Choose a dog-specific first aid kit, like this one from Adventure Medical Kits, to ensure you have what you need to care for your dog if injury occurs.

Pick a pet-friendly trail. 

Do your research and make sure your planned trail allows dogs. Once you’ve found a dog-friendly trail, see if you can let your pooch off the leash there too. But always be sure to bring a leash in case you need to secure your pet. The Cottonwood Canyons are out for dogs, but Millcreek and Neffs Canyons are in. Or try a few of our favorite dog-friendly hiking trails.

Keep immunizations current.

Does your dog have his rabies vaccine and any others required in your area? Make sure these are updated for the protection of your dog and others before taking your pet hiking.

ID your dog. 

When hiking with dogs, make sure all the pooches have collars with ID labels that list your dog’s name, your telephone number, place of residence, and email address. Add an ID microchip for extra piece of mind, but know that the person who finds your pet will need to take him to a shelter that can check for chips to get him back to you. To be on the safe side, have a collar with ID and microchip.

Use dog-safe bug repellent. 

Keep insects, ticks, and mosquitos away by using a natural repellant that’s safe for pets.

Transport your pup safely. 

Get your dog to the trail safely by keeping him in a pet carrier while driving to the trailhead, instead of letting him freely wander through the car. The best pet carrier is usually a plastic canine case, or you can get a doggie seat belt that keeps them safe in a vehicle.

Still not ready to hike? Read even more of our dog hiking tips. 

 June is the founder of TobysBone, where she shares her passion for writing and love for dogs. She wants to help you deal with your dog’s behavior issues, grooming and health needs, and proper training. Through her blog, you can find informative and reliable posts, tips and tricks, and a lot of interesting reads that will help you maintain a close bond with your furry companion.


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