Planning for the perfect dog adventure is not as difficult as you may think. Not if you follow these tips, and take along the necessary supplies.
The harness is key -- The most important thing for any perfect dog adventure is the right harness. Even if your pet is going to be running free once you get out into the woods, there may be several hours where he has to wear it.
A harness that is too heavy, chafes him or is simply too tight sets him up for feeling uncomfortable or in pain for much of the day. Buy a new harness if yours looks the worst for wear.
Always carry clean water -- So many people think there will be clean water out in the woods, but there often is not. Or, if there is, it may be miles away from where you are when your dog begins to pant.
Dogs cool down by panting, so make sure he always has a source of clean water and a dog bowl that is carried with you at all times.
Find the dog-friendly trails -- There are both websites and apps that can tell you all about the dog-friendly trails in your area and beyond. Check out both, and make notes about the best trails for your pet, or take the app along to refer to as you hike.
Find out about park and hiking rules -- No matter where you go, there will usually be rules pertinent to hiking with a dog. Make sure you know about the rules for the park, woods or other wilderness area you will be hiking in, and then pay attention to them when you are there.
Remember, they are in place for the safety of wildlife, but also for you and your dog while on your dog adventure.