Hiking With Dogs

 

Food and Water Planning

Larger dogs might drink 0.5 to 1.0 ounces of water per pound per day. Dogs 20 pounds and lighter will be closer to 1.5 ounces per pound per day. These are just general guidelines, so be aware of that. Be attentive and make sure you offer water frequently,  especially on hotter days. If their nose is dry to the touch, then you’re under-hydrating your dog.

HINT: If you’re hungry or thirsty, chances are Your dog is too. Follow the LNT rules, especially when bringing along your pup for a hike. On day hikes, always pack out filled poop bags. Don’t leave them for later pickup, either. If you must, double-bag ’em and carry along.

What’s in your doggy bag?

Water container

Some owners train dogs to drink as they pour from a bottle, but  a lightweight, collapsible dish also works wonders.

Safety light

If hiking in the dark, get a light to put around your dog’s neck so they they can see.

Booties

 These are optional, but are an excellent item to have.  They offer loads of protection from any sharp rocks, thorns and snow. Reminder that you will need to allow lots of time for your dog to get used to wearing booties. They tend to fuss about them initially.

Dog pack

This is also an optional item. For pack training, start out by having your dog wear it empty around the house, and take them on walks with it once they get the hang of wearing it.  When wearing the pack becomes a routine, slowly add in a couple pounds every so often, and continue to gradually increase the weight to acclimate their bodies to the pack load.

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