Before you hit the trail, plan your hiking route. Research dog-friendly trails and ensure they are suitable for your dog's fitness level.
Check the weather forecast and choose a day with comfortable temperatures. Avoid hiking in extreme heat or cold.
Pack essentials for both you and your dog, including water, food, first aid supplies, and waste bags. Don't forget a leash and collar.
Practice good trail etiquette by keeping your dog on a leash where required, and always clean up after them. Be respectful of other hikers.
Put your dog's safety first. Keep an eye on them, watch for wildlife, and avoid hazardous areas or steep terrain.
Ensure your dog stays hydrated throughout the hike. Bring enough water for both of you and take regular water breaks.
Understand your dog's limits and be prepared to turn back if they show signs of fatigue or distress. Their well-being is paramount.