We know many of you have dogs that love to hike just as much you do.
Careful preparation will ensure you and your dog both enjoy your time on the Superior Hiking Trail. Here are some tips and things to consider when heading out for a hike with your furry friend this season.
Choose the right section of the Trail - If your dog isn’t used to hiking, be sure to choose a trail that meets their fitness level and experience. You want your dog to enjoy the hike just as much as you do.
Stay hydrated - Be sure to bring your pup their own supply of water and a drinking container. Make sure they’re drinking water as often as you are. Do not rely on finding water sources for your dog. Please be aware that current conditions are very dry and many water sources are unavailable. Check out the Nano Bowl by Stunt Puppy for easy, on-trail hydration.
Keep them cool - If hot temperatures are in the forecast, consider a trail with plenty of shade and water to cool off in. If it’s too hot, take them for a morning neighborhood walk before your hike and then leave them at home.
Pack it out - Be sure to pack out their waste in a plastic baggie. Do NOT leave by the side of the trail to grab later.
First aid supplies - Dogs can get hurt on-trail too. Consider bringing along gauze pads, antibacterial ointment, alcohol wipes, Benadryl, an old sock and medical tape.
Leash up - Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times. Leashes are essential for a safe and successful hike. Check out our Stunt Runner Leash to keep you and your dog safe on trail.
Why is it important to keep my dog on a leash?
- To keep your dog safe - There are plenty of hazards (such as cliffs, rivers, or wild animals) for dogs on-trail and dogs can go missing.
- To be courteous to other trail users - You may have the nicest dog in the world but not everyone feels comfortable around dogs.
- To respect wildlife - There aren’t many dogs who have the self-control not to dart after wildlife. Help keep your dog and the wildlife safe.
Check out the Nano Bowl and Stunt Runner Leash at our online Trail Store.