Dog owners that enjoy being outdoors on long walks following nature trails can be accompanied by their dogs. Hiking involves core muscle movement and it is a great way to keep both owner and the dog in a fit body form.
The first hiking trip with a dog should be done on an easy short trail allowing for brakes to rest and continue to work on their paws’ endurance.
However, before proceeding on such a trip, dog owners must ensure that their dog is properly trained, follows the commands quickly, to avoid disobedience and even eventual injuries.
Dog owners should prepare the trip in advance by checking the weather conditions, how safe the trail is, pack the hiking gear, the first aid kit, food and lots of treats to keep the energy going.
Getting ready for a hiking trip with a dog must include hiking gear designed for dogs. You can find useful information online about a dog hiking gear list or discussing with other dog owners with similar activities to yours.
Dog hiking gear comprises of:
When hiking with a dog, owners should constantly check for any sign of wounds and scratches, especially on the paws.
The dog’s paws are the most exposed body parts to the elements, unknown dangers from the smallest things like insect bites or walking on thorns, to slipping between crakes, exposure to splinters, eventual snake bites. On top of these external factors, the movement and the constant pressure applied on its paws, can make a dog feel tired and could possibly lead to internal injuries.
An increasing number of outdoorsy dog owners are starting to take all of these in consideration and opt to buy dog hiking boots. These boots are sturdy and specifically designed for endurance.
Dogs can be trained to wear boots by using them firstly indoors on different types of flooring, then outdoors in the garden or short walking trips. They need to be exposed to different types of terrains and get used to walking with these boots. In this way the dog will be comfortable during a hiking trip.
On the market there are dog hiking boots made of waterproof materials such as neoprene. Their soles are made to have a good grip for all kinds of terrains (wet, dry, with pebbles or grass).
To choose the best dog hiking boots, the owner needs to take into consideration the level of difficulty that the chosen trail poses. The boots should be comfortable to wear and allow the dog’s natural movement whilst being strapped into them.
It is considerably important to choose the appropriate boot size. This can be done by measuring the dog’s paws by pressing the paws on a piece of paper, placing marks on both sides and measuring the distance between the marks.The result will be compared against the measuring chart for dog boots.
This gear is available in specialised shops for outdoor adventures, some pet shops, some supermarkets.
A wider variety is found online, making the latest dog hiking gear accessible anywhere: specialized manufacturer’s shops, eBay, Amazon, Walmart or Aliexpress.
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