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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.
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.
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?