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Published on February 17th, 2011 | by Rachel

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Hitting the Trail With Your Dog: How to Keep Yourself, Your Dog, & Other Hikers Happy

I love hitting the trail with my furry friend and although hiking with your dog may seem like a no-brainer, there are many things to keep in mind while on the trail.

First and foremost always keep your dog leashed. I know it is tempting to let them roam free and follow you along the trail, but that can come with some serious consequences. By leashing your dog, you will prevent him or her from chasing wildlife and other hikers. Leashing your dog will also ensure they won’t get lost or attacked by wildlife.

Another essential of hiking with your dog is to bring plenty of water and also be sure to bring a container for them to drink from. Do not allow your dog to drink out of streams or other natural water resources. Dogs can contract harmful bacteria from doing this such as, giardia.

It is very important for you to pick up your doggie’s doodoo on the trail. Their poo is not the same as other animals, not even coyotes. It can be harmful to the environment, especially if it is near a water source. It also can be very irritating to other hikers, even more so when they find it on their boots.

And finally, after hiking with your dog be sure to thoroughly check for ticks and burrows. Then, give them their favorite treat and lots of pets!

More information can be found on Tree Hugger and Hike With Your Dog.


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