When it comes to hiking, a dog is a hiker's best friend. So don't forget to equip Fido for the outing.
- Step 1: Pick up portable dishes and plenty of dog food for the outing. And don't forget a water dish and water.
- Step 2: Invest in a bandana that you can soak in water and place around your dog's neck on hot days. Remember though, the bandana is not a substitute for drinking water. Keep yourself and your pooch hydrated, and get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.
- FACT: Therapy dogs have been effective in assisting Alzheimer's patients in improving socialization behaviors -- such as improvement in their language use, attention span, and interactions.
- Step 3: Get a dog carrier if you have a small dog. Small dogs tend to get tired on the trail, and you can give yours a rest by carrying it for part of the distance.
- Step 4: Buy dog boots if you will be hiking in rough terrain. These can offer protection from sharp rocks that injure a dog's paws.
- TIP: Take along a spare leash in case the first one becomes lost.
- Step 5: Consider purchasing a backpack for your dog if the dog weighs more than 20 pounds. Never place anything breakable in the dog's pack.
- Step 6: Purchase a retractable leash that won't become tangled. The leash will keep your dog safe on the trail.