Dog’s are a man’s best friend. They are wonderful companions and did you know that they like to hike and backpack too? Yes, they enjoy being beside you and love to be outdoors, so why wouldn’t they want to come along. To take your dog along for the adventure, you don’t really have to pack much else. A bit of food and water and they will be just fine.
If you plan to go on a hike where there might be other people, you might want to bring along a leash. Some dogs will stick with you just fine, while others tend to roam. You know your dog and what to expect from them. Always keep them and other people safe. Remember you can always put the leash away as well. Dogs enjoy having the off-leash time and getting the freedom to run around in a safe manner. This allows them to stretch their legs and clear their heads as well. And, it is fun for you too! Grab a stick and play a little fetch. It is known, after all, that our dogs will bring down blood pressure and have positive effects on our health.
Dogs will get wet
Remember a dog will find water if they are into that. So, don’t be surprised if you end up with a wet dog while on your hike. But, let them have a little fun, they can dry off before you get back to the car. Watching your dog play in the water can be super relaxing and fun for you like a well.
If you plan to stay overnight, be sure that you bring a large enough tent for you and the dog. Many dogs do just fine tent camping with their owners, as long as you are around. They feed emotions off from you, so you have fear or anxiety about camping overnight, they can sense this and be fearful as well.
Dogs are great companions and hikes and during backpacking. Be sure that where you are going is dog-friendly. We mean, that sometimes there are steep rocks or other obstacles that are hard for a dog to climb. Try to avoid those types of hikes when bringing your dog. Try to find flatter trails that don’t require extensive climbing, so they can enjoy themselves as much as you.
Check the Rules
Of course, before you head out with your dog, ensure your dog is allowed on the land. If you are going on private land or regulated land there will be rules and you should follow those rules. If dogs are not allowed, then leave them home for the day. However, most outdoor places do allow dogs but ask that you clean up after them. You should always clean up after your dog and follow the “nothing is left behind” hiking rules. This allows everyone to enjoy the trails for years to come.
Remember that not everyone loves dogs, we know, WHAT? There are actual people out there that aren’t super fond of dogs. For these people, be sure that you have good control over your dog when you meet other hikers.