If you’re going a little stir crazy right about now, it might be time to head out for a hike with your dog. If there are 2 things that always make me feel better, it’s the great outdoors and my amazing mutts, and Summer evenings are the perfect time to get out and appreciate nature with your best friend.
Before heading off on the trails, though, you have to prepare yourself and today I’m sharing 5 dog-friendly items to bring on every hike so that you and your dog are prepared for whatever lies ahead on your adventures. In this era of “social distancing”, time in nature is guaranteed to raise your spirits and get your dog’s tail wagging.
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5 Dog-Friendly Items to Bring On Every Hike
1. Pet First-Aid Kit
Whether you’re out for an evening walk or a strenuous hike in the woods, it’s always a good idea to have a pet first-aid kit with you. Remember, any use of a pet first-aid kit should be followed by a visit to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
2. Collapsible Dog Bowl
Collapsible dog bowls are life savers because they don’t take up unnecessary room in your backpack. Whenever your dogs need a break, just pull out the bowl and add water, and your dog is good to go.
3. Doggy backpack
If you’re already carrying a full backpack, let your dog help carry some of the supplies. Dog backpacks go on your pup, over their back, and buckle under their belly. Usually, just the lightweight stuff is put in the doggy pack, because we don’t want to make our mutts work too hard. For example, the dog backpack would be a great place to carry the collapsible bowl and first-aid kit mentioned above.
4. Dog hiking shoes
Okay, these dog hiking shoes aren’t just useful, but also adorably entertaining. Dog hiking shoes offer comfort for those pups that have extra sensitive pads and need a little extra cushioning.
Plus, it’s thoroughly entertaining when you first put them on your dog since she isn’t used to them, and for the first minute or two she’ll trot around like a horse.
5. Poop bags
Last, but certainly not least, are dog poop bags. You can’t go on any hike or walk without these, because as a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to clean up after your pet.
You can find really cute poop bag holders that make grabbing a bag quick and easy, as the holder normally comes with a carabiner that you can clip to your belt.
Now that you know exactly what to bring, the outdoors are calling and your pup’s ready to go! So, set forth, with these 5 items to bring on every hike, and you will be more than prepared for a great time.
What dog-friendly items do you take with you?
Now that I’ve shared my dog-friendly items to bring on every hike with you, I’d love to hear from you. What are your must-have items when hiking with your dog? Tell me in a comment below, or feel free to stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!
P.S. Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air with your dog, but if you’re looking for something else, check out these 9 ways to get into shape with your dog!