Taking your dog on a hike is wonderful, fun, and healthy. So unite by interests, by breeds, and from one day to a week in step and in a paw, march!
First of all, beginners should not take their dogs into the mountains when they have to walk on rocks. Dogs are not mountain goats, and when moving over rocks they can panic and behave unpredictably. They can fall by themselves and drag a person with them.
You can take a dog to the foothills.
When going down the kayaks, it is also better to do without dogs. Sometimes, in critical situations, they can be desperately goofy. Once my friends went on a canoe trip and took their Great Dane with them. When he turned the kayak a couple of times, they decided to let him along the river bank, as you understand. As a result, no one got any pleasure from the trip.
But if you have a dog up to 10 kg of live weight and you have a special backpack for it, then you can go with it wherever you want. Do not forget to only walk the dog in places that are safe for it.
It is recommended that beginners, lovers of outdoor activities with dogs, start with hiking in the forest and forest-steppe. Raise your puppy to about ten months old and start with a one-day route or a one-night route. This is where you train and test yourself and the dog. It is possible that some of the sides of interspecies tourism are passionate about an uncivilized pastime.
There are no breed restrictions for hiking, as well as restrictions on height and weight.
It is clear that small dogs get tired faster, but they can be carried in a backpack in case of fatigue. Medium to large dogs can walk long distances and even carry a backpack with their food.
When going on a hike, the dog owner should be aware of his dog’s stamina and physical fitness. And either make a route with a lot of rest or conduct appropriate training with the dog. Having broken through to freedom, the city dog can “become degraded” and turn the next day of the hike into a boring parking lot.
And, of course, the dog must be healthy both in body and soul. Well, everything is clear with the body, but mental health means the absence of panic fear of the forest, and some kind of obedience. It is just as uncomfortable to hike with an uncontrollable dog as it is in shoes that are always wet.
How to Feed Your Dog on a Hike?
The easiest way is to use dry food familiar to the dog. But by and large – a matter of taste. What to feed and drink from? A large number of foldable plastic tableware is now produced. Very comfortably. Where does the dog sleep? You can grab a blanket too.
It is useful to put on a windbreaker jumpsuit on the dog.
Be sure to take a complete set of anti-mite, anti-flea, and anti-mosquito collars, sprays, and drops on your hike.
If you have to use transport to the starting point or from the finishing point of the route, prepare yourself and the dog for this. Take care of the appropriate documents and a muzzle, make sure that the dog is able to tolerate travel on public transport. Is the dog showing aggression, stress, or motion sickness? If necessary, take the time to correct the unwanted behavior.
Just in case, hang a token with a phone on the dog’s collar. Have a nice route!