Hiking with Fido Tips
during the Fall and all year long
Leash Safety and Courtesy
Extra long leashes may be fun in wide open spaces, but not in
the woods where they can become tangled and potentially dangerous.
Before unleashing Fido anyplace make sure that you are in an
area where it is permitted for dogs to be off leash.
Ask Before You Approach
If you see other dogs, ask before approaching. Not every dog or
guardian is anxious to interact..
Some may become frightened, the other dogs may or may not be
socialized or have a medical condition. There are a variety of
reasons. Some dogs love making new friends but not all.. So be
courteous...It is not all about how friendly YOUR dog is. ASK.
Train for Safety
Spend the time training Fido to come when you issue a command,
If he does not always respond to you immediately, keep him
leashed for his safety and the safety of others. A squirrel should
not be more fascinating than your call.
Tags and Microchips
Make sure your dog is microchipped and has an ID with your current
cell phone number..If Fido gets lost, a collar/harness with tags
and a microchip will greatly increase the chance of getting your
Water and treats.
Fido should always stay well hydrated to be healthy and happy,
so bring some water for both of you. A longer hike merits a few
treats as well. After all, you may want to stop for an energy
bar or snack...so will Fido.
Watch out for bicycles
Stay on the right side of a trail when bicycles are coming and
on a short leash if he has a tendency to chase bicycles. Do
this for his safety and that of the cyclists as well.
Take your first-aid kit
If you are hiking in a wooded or isolated area, make sure to
bring along some basics such as gauze pads, antiseptic and
bandages in case of minor injury.
Make sure to bring some plastic bags with you to clean up any
poop "gifts" deposited for public health, safety and to be just
Check for Ticks and Bugs
After your hike, check Fido for ticks and other living 'visitors'
from the woods. Check especially the stomach area, ears, and any
If you find a tick, dab some rubbing alcohol to on it and slowly
pull it off with tweezers. Be careful as contact with a tick's blood
can transmit infection to Fido or you.
Wash the area for several days ...if the irritation does not clear
up, see your vet.