Know Before You Go
Before you duck out the door for a run through your neighborhood or trail, take these things into consideration (and don’t forget to grab the leash)!
Know the Terrain
It’s generally always a good idea to take Rover out for a romp around outside. But if you’re taking your pup out on the trails, you should read about terrain and trail conditions on AllTrails.com. While a trail might be considered dog-friendly, it may not actually be suitable for your pooch. Factors like age, injuries, and breed type can impact your furry friend’s ability to tackle a trail.
Check the Weather
If you’re headed out on a day-long excursion, make sure you check the weather. This way you’ll be well-prepared and know ahead of time if you need to bring along a rain jacket, dog socks, extra water, or layers for your pooch.
Bring Plenty of Water and Treats
Foods like carrots are great snacks that are not only dog- and people-friendly but also won’t get squashed in your backpack. And don’t forget to bring enough water for both you and Fido—always double-check and see if where you’re headed will have a water source in case your pup needs more water on the go.
Get Fido a Collar and a Harness
Collars and harnesses are great safety items and provide a more comfortable walking experience for dogs. There are different types and styles for small and big dogs alike, and some even come with handles if you need to pick your dog up and move them out of harm’s way. I prefer to use a harness since my little dog’s head is small and she slips out of her collar easily, and they’re great for my bigger dog who pulls a little when we walk.
If It Poops, You Scoop
Nobody likes stepping in a pile of dog dookie—so pack those poop bags, people! Not only that, but dog poop can impact plant and animal life in outdoor areas.
When in Doubt, Leash ‘Em Up
A lot of open areas have leash laws. But if you’re unsure whether or not your dog can romp around unleashed, you should keep them leashed. You never know what kind of revegetation or conservation efforts are happening in the area.
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