Hiking and traveling with your dog is a great way to spend quality time together. Short day trips don’t require much preparation, but longer hikes should be planned. Spending a little time up front will help you avoid unnecessary surprises. It will also allow you to focus on the experience itself and the trail ahead. To get you started on the right foot, and paw, we put together a few tips for a successful adventure together.
The most important thing when hiking or traveling with a dog is comfort. Just like us, poorly fitting apparel and gear can really rub you the wrong way. Make sure that your dog has a comfortable and well-fitting harness or collar. An adjustable, ergonomically designed product will serve you best because you can fine-tune your dog’s comfort and ensure that he or she will be comfortable while moving, not just sitting. A harness with a sturdy handle will also come in handy as it will make it easier to control and help your dog on challenging terrain or in tricky situations.
You will also want a leash that feels comfortable in your hand. Remember, you’re in this together. Choose a light but durable leash. A padded handle can help too and will provide additional comfort on longer hikes. Reflectors are also important and will provide visibility in low-light situations, dark urban areas, road crossings, or when making your way through the woods with a headlight. Most of all, remember that your dog should be harnessed just about everywhere, especially in national parks and other nature reserves.