5 Safety Tips for Hiking with your dog

~ (Including Printable Canine First Aid Kit Checklist)

With all this beautiful weather why not go adventuring with your dog? We are so fortunate in Ireland to have such a beautiful landscape! From rugged mountains and beautiful valleys to amazing beaches - We have it all!! So it would almost seem rude not to take advantage of it at this time of year! If you do decide to go exploring with your dog this summer here are our top tips! We have also included a printable with items that you can add to your canine first aid kit for the hike!

5 Safety tips for hiking with your dog

1. Is your dog too young?

It is important to remember that until your dog is 18 months old they are still developing. This means if you over exercise them that you can inhibit their growth or even worse cause them more serious orthopedic injuries. Don't risk it and limit your adventures with them until they are old enough to enjoy them with you.

2. Don't push your dog beyond there limits

Before you decide on your adventure ask yourself the following questions -

  • How old is your dog? Are they young or aging?

  • What breed are they? (For example a Border Collie will be much more active than a Basset Hound)

  • Do they have any health conditions?

  • Do they have any behavioural issues? i.e. reactivity

If you know the answers to these questions you can plan a much more enjoyable hike for you and your dog.

3. Keep your dog hydrated

Dogs won't usually ask or indicate that they need water until it is too late so to avoid heatstroke or dehydration make sure you carry water with you and offer to them often throughout the hike.

4. Always think about health and safety first

Health and safety is always the most important thing so in order to have a safe hike remember to ~

  • Add dog first aid items to your kit (We have a FREE Printable checklist at the end of this post)

  • Get your dog a health check at the vet before starting out with adventuring (don't just assume that they are heathy)

  • Check your dog regularly for injuries

  • Make sure that your dog has Tick protection.

  • Have an emergency plan for if your dog gets badly injured

  • Post hike check for injuries

5. Planning

Before setting off make sure you take some time to plan ahead. Here are some things to take into account ~

  • Your trail or route

  • Breaks (including snacks for you and your dog for energy)

  • Packing (don't forget poop bags)

  • Check the weather (Make sure it isnt too hot)

If you do decide to go out exploring the wilderness with your dog then please tag us on either Facebook or Instagram! We love seeing you having fun with your dogs!

Don't forget to download your Canine First Aid Kit Checklist below!

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Canine First Aid Kit List ~ KLAWS.ie
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