One of the most exciting summer activities you can do is find the trails and go for long hikes with your dog.
Hitting those trails with your dog is what makes it fun as you get to bring company with you when you go, and you can have the most fun, relaxing summer when you know you can get out there in nature every day. A fun nature walk can, however, turn pretty dangerous quite quickly.
You may think that your walk will be something that you can do together and all will be great, but if you’re not aware of the dangers that can befall both you and the dog when you’re on your walk, it’s a problem. As the temperatures soar or if your dog eats a bee, you have to be aware of your dog’s needs, and you have to consider that whatever you feel when you’re hiking, your dog is going to feel it more. So, how can you ensure that your pooch is safe on your next hike? Let’s take a look!
- Hydrate. Bring with you water for yourself, but bring your water for your dog, too! You can bring a flexible dog bowl that you can pack into your backpack, and then during the walk, you can bring the bowl out and make sure that your dog has water on the walk. Dehydration is not good for your dog, and in hot weather, it’s very easy for your dog to be dehydrated. It can be life-threatening, and you’d increase your dog’s risk of heatstroke.
- Shade. Try to stick to the shadier spots when you are on your walk. You can stick to streams, shallow pools, and large puddles, too, and this will ensure that you can take a break in the shade every half an hour, too. Letting your dog stay cool will stop him from overheating, and that will be a big thing to keep them happy on your walk.
- Go Early. You can go on as many summer hikes as possible and when you do, start early in the day. Avoid hiking in the hottest parts of the day and if you do hike when it’s hot, make sure that you stick to the shaded routes. Go out early in the day or very late in the evening, but stick to the safe spaces to hike so you don’t get lost in the dark or hurt.
- Protect Paws. Make sure that your dog wears booties during the walk if you want to keep their paws protected. Their pads are very strong, but cold water over the pads of the paws will ensure that your dogs have their temperature come down, and it stops them from overheating.
- Panting Matters. Watch when your dog starts to pant. This is a sign that they aren’t getting enough oxygen, that they’re overheated, or they’re too thirsty, and so you need to slow your walk when this starts. Give them a break and get them feeling healthy!