Western North Carolinians look forward to spring for many reasons. The opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature are abundant in the Asheville area. From hiking and mountain biking, to kayaking and rock climbing, we have it all here in the mountains. Our pets love to enjoy the great outdoors as well. Whether you are hiking short loop trials, or backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, in this article, we want to help you make sure your dog is ready to hit the hiking trail with you. Below are the first four of eight important things to remember when hiking with your dog.