November 17 is National Take A Hike Day. Lots of people you know love to take walks and run to keep fit and healthy. Some of your friends may like to do even more than just a short walk, they might love to HIKE.
A hike is an extra long walk. It is usually done in an area that is wild and has hills or mountains. A walk around the park is not a hike. A hike involves strong shoes, extra water bottles and a small snack.
But the best kind of hike is when you invite your dog to come along! Most dogs love to walk and climb and walk some more. They love to be outside and exploring the trees, dirt and new pathways. Dogs make great hiking companions.
Be sure to remember these 7 tips if you plan to hike with your dog.
- Bring water and a bowl to keep your pet refreshed on the journey.
- Make sure the path you are hiking is safe for your dog before you go.
- Check to see that there are no hot asphalt sections that could burn his feet.
- Do not hike where large animals may frighten or hurt your dog.
- Make sure your pet is allowed on the hiking path. There are some places that ban dogs.
- Stop and rest if your pet slows down and seems tired.
- Have your dog wear a collar and identifying dog tag in case he runs away and gets lost.
Your dog loves to go anywhere you go. He just wants to be with you no matter what you are doing. There are some dogs that are getting old or have a physical problem that prevents them from long hikes. But they still like being with you even in your own backyard, so don’t forget to spend lots of time with your furry buddy no matter what you are doing!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper. Her book she shares about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught her. Kelly takes us a journey for growth and discovery. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.