Hiking with your petite pooch is a fun and rewarding experience. There are many wonderful places to explore with your dog on leash, or with them in your backpack.
Preparation and planning is the order of the day and, before you start your trip, here are a few tips for a safe and fun excursion.
Out in the flora and fauna your pal could pick up ticks, or worse case scenario, injure himself. It is a good idea to keep a first-aid kit in your car so you are always prepared should your dog sustain an injury. A first-aid kit for your dog should include many of these items:
Country Dog and Friends’ First-Aid Kit comes in a Big Red Box™ with first-aid items and you receive a free tick remover when ordering. More than 60 essential medical and fi rst aid supplies are included in this attractive kit.www.countrydogandfriends.com
Booties are not just a fashion statement, although they are pretty darn cute when worn by your furry companion. Dog booties can be used to cover an injured paw or worn to help prevent injuries.
Once you are outfi tted and ready to travel, and if Fido has not been on many hikes, start taking longer walks to build up his endurance. Or, if Fido is going to be hitching a ride in your backpack, you might want to start lifting weights to get in shape.
Finding great hikes with your dog can be as easy as going to the local park, but if you are organizing a trip a wonderful book to help you plan your next hike is The Canine Hiker’s Bible by Doug Gelbert. There are detailed descriptions of more than 225 parks in or near the most popular vacation destinations in the United States and Canada, all written with your best friend in mind along with rules for dogs in 100 of the most visited national lands in the United States. www.hikewithyourdog.com
Remember to bring plenty of water, snacks and “pick-up” bags to enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend this summer!