We love taking Mushu and Banjo on hikes. In fact, we’re heading out for a hike this weekend with some friends and their dogs as well. Since many of you guys have dogs and enjoy spending time with Mother Nature, I thought I’d create a short list of essentials you need to take with.
Keep your pooch on a leash
This is VERY important. Dogs are curious creatures who most often follow their noses instead of their hearts or brains. Keeping your dog on a leash will ensure you don’t lose them in an unknown area.
Bells and whistles
Well, actually bells and lights. If you find yourself in an unknown wooded area and darkness starts falling, at least you’ll have another source of light. If a search party is sent out (absolute worst case scenario), the light on your dogs collar will alert them of your whereabouts. Mushu and Banjo each have a light on their collars. It flashes a bright blue light that is blinding in absolute darkness. You can set the light to flash or just shine. We got ours here.
It’s just good manners to have poop bags with you and to clean up after your furry friend.
And your dog. Keep treats on hand to reward good behaviour on hikes or if your pooch gets snacky later on your trip.
That H2O though
ALWAYS take enough water with for your doggy and for yourself. Hiking can be strenuous and you don’t want to end up thirsty and neither does your dog. Small dogs can dehydrate quickly which can lead to death. Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration. This includes loss of skin elasticity, excessive panting, loss of appetite, loss of energy and lethargy.
But first, First Aid
It’s imperative to take some medications and items with such as band aids, disinfectant and medication for bee stings. Make sure that all medications are okay for dogs and humans to ingest.
What are your hiking essentials? Let’s chat in the comments.