Hiking Essentials for Your Dog

dog on trailThere are few things that can beat a great summer hike with friends and your trusted dog by your side. With so many great trails to explore in the greater Lewisville area, it makes sense that our residents love to get out and explore. Whether you’re new to hiking in Texas or you consider yourself a bit of a pro, hiking with a dog can be a bit unpredictable. Make sure you’re ready for any situation and that your dog has the best time ever with our list of hiking essentials!

Hiking Essentials Every Dog Needs

Bring a dog pack. Since you’ve already got your own pack full of water, snacks and clothing essentials, give your dog their very own pack to carry some of their essentials with them. Find a pack that fits their size and frame and be sure to load it evenly to avoid any aches and pains. Fill their pack with treats, extra poo bags and a water bowl so that you can rehydrate them every time your group takes time to rest on the trail.

Try trail boots. Depending on the weather and the terrain of your hiking trail, it may be necessary to outfit your dog with hiking booties as well. They may look silly to you, but dog boots can protect your dog’s paws from extremely hot and cold surfaces and help to give them traction as they climb rocks and other obstacles on your hike.

Implement leash training. It’s important to pay close attention to the trail rules on each hike you take. If the trail allows your dog to be off-leash, make sure that you feel comfortable enough to let them go and quickly call them back as needed. For trails that require dogs to be kept on a leash, you’ll want to avoid lots of tugging and dangerous situations where their lead can become tangled.

Enjoy the Trail with Your Pup This Summer

With so many great trails nearby, our residents love getting outdoors! Visit us online today for more information on the available floor plans at our pet-friendly apartments in Lewisville.