Tips for Safe, Fun Hiking with Your Dog

Choose trails that allow dogs and are appropriate for their experience level.

Pick dog-friendly trails  

Toughen paw pads gradually. Use booties to protect from hot or rocky ground.  

Prep their paws

Bring plenty of water and high-protein snacks to fuel your pup’s hike.

Hydration & nutrition

Pack supplies like bandages, tick tools and wound cleaning wipes just in case.

First aid kit

Be prepared to pack out all pet waste to leave the trail pristine.

Poop bags  

Teach cues like Stay, Leave It, and Recall so they hike politely on-leash.


Consider cooling vests or jackets if hiking in heat. Pack extra layers if cold.  

Weather prep

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