Choose trails that allow dogs and are appropriate for their experience level.
Toughen paw pads gradually. Use booties to protect from hot or rocky ground.
Bring plenty of water and high-protein snacks to fuel your pup’s hike.
Pack supplies like bandages, tick tools and wound cleaning wipes just in case.
Be prepared to pack out all pet waste to leave the trail pristine.
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.