October 14, 2021
Outdoor adventures can come with many unknowns. To alleviate any worries about your next hike, here are some of the best tips we’ve put together to protect your dog while hiking.
Check the trails before you leave
If you want to explore something new, check again to make sure the trail is suitable for dogs. Even when a trail is suitable for dogs, it is best to watch your dog closely and follow all the pet-related rules that the park or trail has.
Kai your dog
Keeping your dog on a leash not only keeps an eye on them, but can also eliminate any problems that may arise with wildlife or the more challenging parts of hiking. If there are places outside the leash on a hike, make sure your dog is safe when called. It is best to keep your dog on the trail so as not to harm plants or animals.
Bring your own water
Hydration is key for both the dog and the owner. When preparing for a hike, bring plenty of water with you and keep your dog from drinking from water bodies you may encounter during the hike. Pathway water can contain dangerous pathogens if drunk without filtration. To make carrying water for your dog as easy as possible, try the Kobuk water bubble and the Gallatin folding water bowl from our sister brand, Alpha Pak.
Watch out for ticks and fleas
Heavily forested areas can be a breeding ground for ticks and fleas. After a hike, be sure to check your dog carefully and prevent tick and flea attacks before they occur, with appropriate preventative measures. A good bath and brush once the hike is over can drastically reduce the chances of missing ticks or fleas and help you find burrs and debris that may have gotten into their fur.
Stock up on the need for tourism
Be prepared for all scenarios with a delivery checklist to put in your travel package. Make sure you have stool bags, water supplies, dog food or snacks, a pet first aid kit, an insect repellent that is safe for pets, and dog shoes if you are hiking on uneven or wet terrain. To store these items and manage space in your own packaging, invest in an Alpha Pak dog backpack.