Hiking with your dog is a great way to get a good workout for yourself (and your dog). Here are some tips to ensure that both of you enjoy the experience to the max.
In my last blog post, on the 2-memorial walk in the Sonian Forest, I mentioned the need for dog-owners to keep their dogs on a lead. This is not only the sensible and legal thing to do in the forest, but it avoids your dog disturbing sensitive wildlife such as deer.
It also prevents nasty accidents with cyclists. The Sonian Forest in particular has a number of great cycling trails, and the last thing a cyclist wants to experience is a stray dog running in front of them and causing a sudden swerve, or even worse, a crash. It won’t do your dog any good either.
Coincidentally, Arun from Riders Trail recently sent me a great infographic on this subject. You may recall that I’ve featured a couple of his useful infographics on Discovering Belgium in the past: 23 ways hiking makes you healthier, and fire safety while hiking.
Arun’s latest one is all about hiking safely with your dog. It contains a wealth of useful tips on subjects such as:
- Why hike with dogs?
- Is your dog suitable for hiking?
- How to train your dog to hike
- Choose dog-friendly locations to hike
- How to prepare your dog for hiking
- Bag carrying
- River crossing
- Trail etiquette for dogs and owners
- Tips for dealing with dog poop
- Taking or finding water and food
- The most common dangers and threats to dogs while hiking
I hope you find these tips useful. If you have other suggestions, just add them in the comments below.
For more detailed explanations of the points covered in this infographic, go to Arun’s specific post at Riderstrail, on hiking safely with dogs.