5 Tips for Fall Hiking With Your Dog


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Fall is the perfect time to get out of the house and explore the great outdoors. The weather is wonderful, and you really can’t beat the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.

Someone else who will love the outdoors during the autumn months? Your fur baby!

Between the crunchy fallen leaves and crisp fresh air, your dog will love frolicking through the woods, taking in a squirrel-sighting or two, and getting a little exercise with a fall hike.

Follow these 5 tips to have a fun and stress-free hike with your pooch!

 

 

5 Tips for Fall Hiking With Your Dog

 

1. Research Your Trail Beforehand

Every hiking trail has a different set of rules. Do a little bit of research before heading out to find out what parks and trails are dog-friendly.

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One of the best ways to check? Do a quick online search. Usually if a trail is okay for fur babies, others will have noted so in a review, comment, or photo.

 

2. Check the Weather Forecast and Plan Accordingly

While hiking in the rain can be amazing in the spring and summer months, it can be a little bit too chilly in the fall and winter.

Make sure you take a peek at the weather forecast before piling into the car and heading out for a hike and plan accordingly—for both you and your dog.

 

3. Bring Pet Waste Bags AND Something to Store Them In

Most responsible dog owners are used to bringing along pet waste bags whenever they are walking with their pup. However, when you’re out on a trail, sometimes trash cans are few and far between—often only at the beginning of the trailhead.

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Avoid having to carry multiple bags of pet waste by bringing along a gallon freezer bag that can be sealed, and then disposed of after the hike.

 

4. Pack Water and a Snack—for You and Your Pooch!

No matter the length of your hike, bringing along some water and food for your fur baby is an absolute must! Pack some bottles of water to share, some trail mix for yourself, and a dry dog food with high-quality ingredients for your pup.

We stopped by our local Food Lion and grabbed a bag of Nature’s Recipe dry dog food to help fuel the wag on our hike. Natural recipes with added vitamins and minerals make Nature’s Recipe the perfect choice for a mid-hike snack. Just pop a serving into a small bag, grab a travel-friendly dog bowl, and you’re good to go! 

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5. Follow Proper Trail Etiquette

There is a specific trail etiquette that seasoned hikers will follow—and you should, too!

When you’re hiking with your dog, you’ll want to make sure to keep your pooch on a leash and under control, unless you trail specifically allows off-leash walking.

 

 

Do you go hiking with your dog? What are your favorite tips and tricks for a successful hike? 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Melanie

    We like hiking, and our dogs enjoy hiking with us. These are good tips! #client

    September 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Thanks, Melanie! 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Erica

    I had to laugh while reading this. My husband and I always joke that we have the only dog that doesn’t like to hike. We have a small poodle and she’s super energetic. But once we get on a hiking trail, she runs under a tree and lies down. And then it’s just drag her or turn around and go home. 🙁

    September 28, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      I’m equal parts giggling and heartbroken for your little fur love’s hiking struggle! It’s always so interesting to see what dogs will be weirdly particular about—no two are the same, for sure. 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Jeanine

    Would love to do hiking with the dogs! Would be fun to explore with them and get outside with the nice fall weather coming!

    September 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Do it, lady! Your pup will have SO much fun. 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Alison

    These are such great tips! Hiking with pups is so much fun when you’re properly prepared!

    September 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Thanks, Alison! 🙂

      September 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Nancy Johnson Horn

    I don’t have a dog, but my brother has two dogs. I’ll ask him if he hikes with them. I’m hoping I can convince my husband to get a dog in a few years. Hiking with them would be so fun!

    September 29, 2017 at 4:34 am
    • Reply Kaity

      That would be so great if you add a fur baby to your family! They are just balls of love. 🙂

      September 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    We have a new puppy and would love to begin exploring local hiking trails! This was a great read. Thanks for the tips and reminders!

    September 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Sarah Camille

    I’m so ready to go on a hike now with my pup!! I have a fold up bowl I keep in my car for my dog, and it is super helpful. 🙂
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    September 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Cindy Ingalls

    I’ve never taken my pup on a hike. I wonder what he would think. I would definitely have to bring his bowls for food and water because he won’t drink out of the special dog water bottle I have.

    September 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Amber Nelson

    We love going on walks with our doggie. She loves it too! Fall is such a fun time and it isn’t too hot for them either.

    September 30, 2017 at 1:32 am
  • Reply brianne

    I love taking long walks with our dogs. We can’t hike because we are in NYC. I’m actually looking to change up their food and will have to look into this!

    September 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Excellent tips! We have a Siberian Husky and live in Arizona where it’s very warm. She wants to be outside all day so this time of year is her very favorite. We absolutely love fall in Arizona and take her everywhere with us!

    September 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Great tips! I’d love to hike with my dog. Also to stop and rest while eating snacks together watching the scenery.

    September 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Cecil

    Great tips for families with dogs. Hiking with your dog sounds like a lot of fun.

    September 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Reesa

    We just went hiking and thought we should’ve brought our dog after we saw lots of dogs on the trails. I need to check this food out.

    September 30, 2017 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Oooo great fur baby hiking tips!!!’ Checking the weather is so important for any hike. You don’t want to get stuck in dangerous weather

    October 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Jephiter

    Thanks for the tips. It always feels better to go hiking with your dog. I will try this out.

    Many Thanks

    October 2, 2017 at 2:41 am
  • Reply Ifeoluwa

    This are really great tips! I wish I had a do to go hiking with! Thanks for sharing

    October 2, 2017 at 3:32 am
  • Reply Kelly

    This is a great post! It drives me nuts when people don’t follow the trail etiquette with their dog. Good info

    October 2, 2017 at 3:53 am
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