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what do i need to know about hiking with dogs asheville nc

Now that the rain has finally stopped, it is time to get outside. As dog owners now, if you’re outside, they want to be outside with you. In a previous post, we discussed the first four of Eight Key Things to Remember When Hiking with Dogs. The first four included:

  1. Remember Your Dog’s Vaccinations
  2. Remember Your Dog’s Fitness Level
  3. Remember Your Dog’s Food and Water
  4. Remember Your Dog Trail Etiquette

It is important for hikers to consider the endurance levels of their furry friends, as well as dog-hiker trail etiquette. We will continue and complete our list, in this article:

5) Remember Your Dog’s Sleeping Arrangements

If you are backpacking or camping overnight, you will most likely bring a tent and a sleeping bag for yourself. It is just as important to remember your dog’s sleeping arrangements. Considering where and how your dog will sleep includes:

  • Considering whether it will rain
  • Considering the temperature, especially on the ridge tops
  • Considering the potential for bears and coyotes
  • Considering whether your pets can sleep in the tent with you
  • Considering access to water during the evening

6) Remember Your Dog’s Behavioral Tendencies

Even in the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains, you are likely to encounter other hikers and other dogs out on the train. In addition to general trail etiquette, make sure your dog or dogs are fully under your control. Before you hit the trail, know the answers to these questions:

  • How will my dog respond to trail runners?
  • How will my dog respond to mountain bikers?
  • How will my dog respond to other dogs?
  • How will my dog respond to rabbits and other trail animals?

Knowing how your dog will respond is these situations will help make hiking with your pet a great experience for you, him, and other hikers.

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7) Remember Your Dog’s Paw Booties

From boulders and stones to soft dirt and roots, western North Carolina trails have widely varying terrain. You may find a combination of all those things on the same trail. Booties on your dog’s paws can help preserve him, especially on long hikes.

8) Remember Your Dog’s Wellness Checkup

Before you go on your hiking adventure with your dog, make sure he has seen his veterinarian for a wellness checkup. A healthy dog is a happy hiker. If you are ready to visit experienced veterinarians in the Asheville area, we are here to help. Give us a call, or schedule an appointment online.