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How to Train Your Dog For an Outdoor Hiking Trip

Train your dog for an Outdoor hiking

It’s that time of year when the weather is warm and the days are longer. For many people, this means it’s time for a hiking trip with their pets. You’ve probably seen those adorable videos of dogs jumping in streams, running through tall grasses, and chasing squirrels as they go on adventures outdoors. Dogs are always excited about exploring new places while spending quality time with their owners.

However, if you have never taken your dog on an outdoor hike before or don’t know how to train your dog for an outdoor hiking trip, we can help.

In this blog post we will discuss some tips and tricks on training your dog for a safe and enjoyable outdoor hiking experience.

Visit Your Vet

When you are going to take your dog on a hike, it is important that they have all the necessary precautions taken before doing anything. Especially if this will be their first trek in an unknown territory which could pose many different dangers for them.

First and foremost, you need to consult with vets about how much energy your dog has had recently so there won’t be any surprises when hiking. You’ll also need to make sure that your dog stays safe while out on hikes and also that he gets conditioned enough beforehand.

Thus, you need to get your dog’s stamina built up well ahead of time since some good conditioning can help ward off fatigue during those treks and keep your dog safe in the long term. Also, to ensure that your dog stays happy throughout the trail do not forget to keep plenty of goodies you can offer him as treats.

Look For Dog-Friendly Trails

Before you and your dog head out, it is advised that you do some research to find nearby trails where your furry friend can come with. There are many hiking trails in the area which allow dogs on them but there are also quite a few hikes where they’re not allowed so make sure to check before getting too far ahead of yourself.

The hiking trails you can take to your dog will be limited if you are heading towards State or National Parks. You also need to look for trails that won’t turn out to be too tough for your dog. Ideally, you would want to stay away from dog trails that have sharp rocks that can prove to be tough for your dog’s paws.

Train Your Dog

Hiking is a great way to spend time exploring beautiful new places and enjoying some quality bonding time with our canine friends while getting in touch with nature. However, if we want this adventure to be as safe for us and dogs alike as possible it’s best that they are well-trained before going on any hikes.

Obedience training and puppy classes are a great way to train your dog, but as the novice owner of an adorable new pup, you may have some difficulty in adjusting. Luckily for you there is plenty of help available on this topic.

Books can be found that will guide owners through their dogs‘ entire life from potty training to walking manners. However, if reading isn’t really your thing or it does not work with other commitments then obedience courses might just do the trick. These training sessions can teach both humans and canines what they need to know about correcting bad behaviors.

You can also take advantage of socializing opportunities which will help puppies develop good habits around strangers early on so that when these little guys get older they’re less likely to show aggression.

You will want to be sure that you and your dog are in good physical condition before taking them out on the trails. This includes doing things like starting with short walks, gradually building up their endurance until they can make it through a daylong hike without tiring or suffering from any injuries.

Hiking Gear

Dog owners should always carry a harness and leash with them when they are out exploring the wilderness. For example, while the dog is wearing its special gear it will be much easier to grab onto if need arises.

Leashes can come in handy during some cases like going over rough terrain where you may want your pup on a short lead so that he doesn’t get too far ahead of you.

Food And Water

When hiking with your pup, make sure to pack enough provisions for both of you. Your pet will be spending much more energy during the day due to its natural instinctual behavior as well as from carrying items like backpacks or other gear. Thus, keeping him hydrated is important.

As a general guideline, larger dogs will typically consume around ½-1 oz. of water for every lb., which is about 0.02 gallons in total per day. Whereas the average dog that weighs less than 20 lbs would probably only require about ¼ oz.


It’s important to train your dog for a safe and enjoyable outdoor hiking experience. You can do this by following these tips, but you may also want to consult with an animal trainer or behaviorist who knows more about the training methods that work best for dogs in general.
Remember that every dog is different so what works well for one dog might not be right for another.

Whether you’re just starting out or have a few years of experience, we hope this post has given you some new ideas to take your hiking skills with your pup to the next level. While there are many more resources and tips available online than can be covered in one blog post, these five pointers should get you started on building a safe and healthy outdoor adventure for both yourself and your dog.