Hiking with Dogs
Hiking with dogs is relatively easy. We check sites like All Trails in advance to see the suitability for a dog. You know your dog best- if you have something more akin to a mountain goat that can scramble up rocks and snow then go at it. If you have a small legged dog who prefers flat trails and a dip in the water then search for those.
Certain things will always remain the same though.
Always bring water for your dog, no matter how long/short your walk is or how hot it is.
Using a harness on longer trails means that your dog isn't pulling from the neck. The Wilderdog one has a handle which has enabled us to grab Akela in an emergency.
Obey all leash laws- usually they are in place for your dogs protection.
If it is a hot day or we will be walking on a lot of gravel/tarmac we use Paw Magik to protect her feet.