Hiking Safety: Make sure the hike is appropriate for your dog. That it is not too long for your friend too make comfortably. Hiking in overly hot weather should also be avoided, as dogs are much more susceptible to the dangers of heat stroke.
Dog Hiking Gear: Here is a list of recommended items to have with you.
- Poop Bags
- Dog collar with ID tags and a sturdy 6 foot leash
- water supply and a portable water bowl
- Dog treats and/or snacks
- Pet first-aid kit
- Pet-safe insect repellent
- Dog booties for hiking in rough terrain
Trail etiquette: Always be sure to be aware of any restrictions that may be on that trail. Your dog should be under control at all times. Dogs that are excessively barking, aggressive, or chasing animals are not under control. Remember that although your dog my just want to be friends that is not always true for the other people and dogs on the trial.
National Park B.A.R.K rule:
- Bag your pet's waste
- Always leash your pet
- Respect wildlife
- Know where you can go.
- Leash your dog around packers, horses, and stock animals(including stock/working dogs)
- Dogs must always be under strict leash or voice control. Maintain control of your dog at all times. Ensure your dog is a good steward of the land and respects other visitors
- Make sure that you have enough water for your canine companion.
- Please do not approach or harass wildlife or livestock or working dogs.
- Walk around and not through groups of wildlife or livestock.
- If you encounter wildlife or livestock, make them aware of you presence and move slowly.