3. Bring Your Leash and Know Some Rules of the Trail
Always bring your leash, maybe two. While you may be more than confident that your dog will listen when you call, dogs are by nature predatory and can quickly run off-trail in search of something more interesting.
While you may be fine with a strange dog approaching you, you'd be surprised how many people are not. Wait for them to ask if they can approach your dog. Some other tips include:
- Hike quietly and control your dog's barking.
- Dog Poo: bag-it, bury-it off trail, and keep away from any water sources
Also, it's good to remember:
- Hikers going uphill have the right of way.
- Pack out what you pack in.
4. Go the Distance
Monitor the duration of your hike. Along with possible overheating, your dog's pads should be monitored for wear and tear. Too much of this, and he may not be able to walk the following morning.
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