If you and your dog enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, we’ll bet that spring is your favorite season. The snow is finally gone, but the scorching summer heat hasn’t yet made an appearance. In other words, it’s the perfect time of year to spend your free time exploring your local hiking trails. If you and your pooch plan on hitting the trails this spring, make sure you pack these essential items.
Water, Food, & Treats
Your dog will need plenty of fresh water to cool down during your hike, so bring at least one large water bottle full of cool water. If you know that your hike is going to be intense or long, bring more than one or check to see if there are refill stations along the trail.
If you need to take a snack break or if your hike spans across a mealtime, you’ll also need to bring some food for your pup. If your dog eats Freshpet dry Fresh Baked recipes, you can pre-measure their food and put it in a container for easy feeding on the trail. Alternatively, if your dog prefers our refrigerated food, bringing a small cooler will make sure that it stays cool until it’s ready to be eaten.
It’s also a good idea to bring some treats along to reward your dog for good hiking behavior or to celebrate another trail successful completed!
Collapsible Food & Water Bowl
The food and water are packed, now you need something to serve them in. Collapsible food and water and water bowls are great, as they fold up to save space when not in use, but if you have room to spare normal food and water bowls work as well.
Even if the trail you hike allows dogs to be off-leash, you should always bring a leash with you. Having one easily accessible is critical if you come in contact with a wild animal or even another dog. Being able to quickly leash your dog is the best way to avoid a potentially negative situation.
You don’t want to spend your hiking dodging dog poop, and we bet others on the trail feel the same. This is why you always want to bring a good supply of doggie bags to pick up after your pooch. If you’re worried about not having anywhere to dispose of them on the trail, bring a second plastic bag you can carry them in until you find a garbage bin.
Pet First Aid Kit
You never know what will happen on your hike, which is why a pet first aid kit should be on your packing list. From cleaning and dressing cuts to removing ticks, you’ll be happy to have a well-stocked first aid kit with you. Before you hit the trails, don’t forget to take a look through the kit and re-stock it with any necessary items.
Collar & ID Tags
The chance that your dog will get lost on your hike is slim, but it’s doesn’t hurt to prepare for that situation. Before you leave your house, make sure that your dog is wearing a properly fitting collar with an up-to-date ID tag. This will give your dog the best chance of returning home quickly in the event that they do become lost.
Believe it or not, but some dogs need the same protection from UV rays that humans do. For hairless dogs, dogs that are losing their fur, or those with light colored fur, sunscreen is a necessity. To ensure that your pup does not leave your hike with a nasty burn, talk to your veterinarian about dog sunscreen options.
Spring is the perfect time for you and your pup to take advantage of your community’s local trails, but even a short hike requires some pre-trip planning. Taking the time to prep these items before your spring hike will ensure that your day is filled with nothing but beautiful sights and fresh air.