Hiking is a great way to take advantage of the cool fall weather and beautiful foliage, and no one makes a more willing and eager hiking buddy than your dog. Going for hikes with your four-legged friend provides you both with exercise and lets you enjoy all that the season has to offer.
The American Kennel Club offers tips on what to bring when you hit the dog-friendly trails this fall.
- Water and travel bowl. Hiking can be hard work for your dog, so make sure you bring water for him. Bring a collapsible bowl with a bottle of water and offer your dog a drink every 30 minutes.
- Identification. Always be sure your dog has a collar on with an identification tag that is updated with current information in case your dog gets away from you. Collars and tags can come off, so it is recommended to have permanent ID with a microchip. Always keep your contact information up to date with your recovery service provider so you can be found when your dog is recovered. For more information on microchipping your dog, visit AKC Reunite at www.akcreunite.org.
- Leash. Most trails require dogs to be on leash, but even if they don't, it's a good idea to have it with you anyway. Keeping your dog on leash will help if you need to steer your dog away from anything along the trail, like poisonous plants or other animals.
- Bags for cleanup. Always bring extra bags with you. Your dog will eventually need a bathroom break, and you'll want to be prepared.
- First-aid kit. Take some essentials with you in case of an emergency. It's good to have items such as a small tube of antibiotic cream for minor cuts, roll-on bandages, and a clean bandana to use as a tourniquet in case of major bleeding.
For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.(c)2020 American Kennel Club, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.