How to hike with your dog

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Hiking with your dog will allow you to enjoy an activity that allows you to have fun outdoors as well as to have the company of your pet. Many people enjoy the company of their pets during a hike. The benefits are many: not only will you enjoy a time of mutual companionship, but you will also be able to exercise.

To hike with your dog properly, it is worthwhile to follow these tips. This will allow both of you to have a satisfactory experience.

Tips for hiking with your dog

Physical condition

The first thing to do is to make sure that your dog is in good physical condition for this activity. If it is a dog that has never been on long walks or has not had much exercise, start with short walks. The idea is to gradually increase the intensity with longer and longer distances. If your dog has an injury or health problem, it may be a good idea to consult a veterinarian.

Trail conditions

When planning to hike with your dog, it is important to check that the trails you want to hike are suitable. For example, there are some trails that have pet restrictions or are not even suitable for a dog.

Maintaining control

In general, you should carry a leash when hiking with your dog. If your dog is very young or has behavioral problems, you should pay attention to maintain control over your pet to avoid problems. This both with pets they may encounter along the way and with other people.

What to bring

In addition to the above recommendations, there are a few things you should include in your backpack for a safe hike.


We have already mentioned that carrying a leash may be necessary for hiking. But it should be long enough for your dog to explore the environment, but short enough to keep him close.

On the other hand, if you plan to camp, it may be a good idea to carry a camping leash. This will allow your dog to have a little more freedom to explore the terrain but without the risk of getting lost.

Water and food

A canteen with special water for your dog is necessary. Depending on the size of your dog and the intensity of the walk, you can carry more or less. It is also recommended that you take some food with you. The amount will depend on the length of the hike, but you should make sure to bring enough food to keep him well fed.

First aid

It is advisable to carry a small first aid kit to help your dog in case of injury. This could include a disinfectant, bandages and gauze. Of course you have to be attentive so that your pet does not get hurt, but eventually an accident may occur and you have to be prepared for it.


Even if you are out in nature, you should carry bags to pick up your dog’s feces if necessary. And of course, to remove any waste that may be generated. There are collars for dogs that include a container to carry the bags.

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