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Backpacking, hiking, and camping are all fun activities, to say the least. Add in your best friend, and the fun knows no bounds. Of course, more than dogs they are our companions who make space in our hearts with little puppy eyes! And any doggy parent knows very well just how accustomed to their presence we get; so much so that every outing is incomplete without them by our side. However, it is very important to ensure certain aspects such as your little pals’ food and safety are taken care of.
So, if you’re looking for major things to be kept under consideration when planning little backpacking and hiking adventures with your dog, look no further!
This is the first step to consider. Hikes or any other such adventures will be enjoyable only if your dog actually likes them. Granted, almost all dogs berserk with joy at the mention of walks, but still a backpacking trip or hike is quite a different story. Plan a shorter trip and take your dog along just to see if it is actually completely on board with the idea. For the most part, dogs love being outdoors, and so hiking is really their thing.
The level of training of your dog is also an important factor. Some questions to ask yourself are: how trained is your dog? Does your dog always respond when called by you? Are they accustomed to being on a leash?
When you’re planning your hike, ensure the trail you intend to go on allows dogs. There are many instances of trails on which dogs aren’t allowed. An example would be hiking trails in national parks which often do not allow dogs. For this reason, it is essential that you conduct an appropriate level of research to avoid any disappointments.
Just like you need to pack essentials for yourself, you’re going to need to pack some for your canine friend as well.
Just like you would for yourself, make sure you pack an adequate amount of food and water for your dog. To make your own life easier, get a pouch that your pup can carry. After all, your dog ought to carry its own weight in life. The specific amount of food and water that your dog would need for the trip depends on your dogs’ appetite as well as how strenuous your hike is going to be. So for instance, if you’re going for a day pack at least a day and a halfs’ worth of food just to be on the safe side. There are even energy bars for dogs, to administer a much-needed energy boost!
This applies only if you’re going to be spending the night camping somewhere, and obviously not to day trips. It really depends on your own level of comfort and attachment. Some owners prefer to let their dogs sleep in their own tents, while some like a separate one for their canines. The only really important thing to consider here is whether your dog is warm and comfortable enough to get a good nights’ sleep.
In case your camping trip is in particularly harsh weather, ensure your dog has clothing to keep it protected and warm at all times. It is definitely a funny sight, but some dogs do need some extra help in maintaining body temperatures.
The things you are going to need depend a great deal on the specifics of your hiking trip, as well as the requirements of your dog. Dog harnesses and collar clip-on lights, as well as pet wipes are some other items that can be very helpful for hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures.