You also need to make sure your pup can handle the hike. How long is the hike? Will it be steep? Will it be hot or cold? I usually go on backpacking trips with River when it’s cool outside – she just can’t handle being in the heat for too long, unless there’s an abundance of fresh bodies of water where you can cool off. If it’s too cold, consider purchasing a dog coat to help keep your buddy’s warmth up.
“If it’s too cold, consider purchasing a dog coat to help keep your buddy’s warmth up.”
It’s a good idea to bring a small trowel for when your dog goes to the bathroom. The rule of thumb is to bury feces no less than 200 feet from the trail, as it may attract other animals.
If it’s colder outside, you may also want to consider bringing along a small sleeping bag for your dog to curl up in, along with some booties if there’s going to be snow. Booties are also a great idea if your pup has sensitive foot pads. And if he/she does, you can bring along some cream to help alleviate their discomfort.
And that’s about it! True, you’ll be carrying a bit of extra weight, but the experience you’re giving your dog is priceless. You and your dog are a pack, and you’re the one your dog looks up to. When you go out together on an adventure into the woods and mountains, you’re in for a great time. I couldn’t think of a better way for a human and their dog to bond.
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