Five Essentials For Hiking With Your Dog
A Pacific Northwest summer means spending lots of time in the forest. We all can’t wait to hit the trail with our dogs, but before we do it’s important to ensure your camping trip is comfortable and safe for our pets. You wouldn’t walk out into the woods with no food, water, or first aid materials —neither should your dog! Go through the list below to ensure you have all the supplies for summer fun with your four-legged friends.
Healthy, Easily-Transported Food
Protection From Wildlife
Strong Leash / Harness
If your dog is well-trained, it may be easy to take him on just a leash. But to be safe in high-traffic areas or places where you may encounter predators, secure your dog with a strong leash. A harness with backpack aspects that sit on your dog's haunches also may be useful to carry some of their gear. As a general rule, your dog shouldn’t carry more than 25% of its body weight.
Collapsible Bowls, First Aid Kit And A Tether
A Water Source
This may be a ‘duh,’ but it can be hard to prevent your dog from drinking water from unsafe sources. Plan your hike around larger bodies of water to ensure they can play and cool off if things get too hot. To prevent any dehydration, give them lots of clean water at camp too. A Sawyer straw is very lightweight and can filter from any source of water pretty quickly for you or your pup, but it’s ideal in deep or running water. As always, iodine pills and UV treatment also work.