The weather is warming up! Or trying to, at least. Hiking season is soon upon us and we have some great ways to keep it fun and safe for your pup.
Secure your equipment
Check collars and leashes both for fit and for wear. Hikes usually include wildlife and even the best trained of our furry friends sometimes gives in to temptation to chase or decide they needs to protect us from other animals. A properly fitted collar and leash that are free of wear can help to keep them from getting themselves into sticky situations.
Bring water for yourself and bring some for your pup. Water can also be used on pads and ears to help cool down your pet if it's a warm day. Picking up a collapsible water bowl can be a handy way to provide water to your pet without adding weight to your hiking gear.
Keep an eye on pads
Hikes can be rough on paw pads. Rocks, pine needles, thistles and rough terrain can cause roughness or small tears or cuts. Sunny weather can heat rocks and harder surfaces, causing burns on pads. Check pads when you take breaks and consider picking up a balm to help soothe and protect your pup's paws. BowDog's BB Balm (Better than Boots) has soothing elements in it and can be picked up in a convenient stick form.
Be aware of pests
Mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs can plague our pets as much as they do us, if not more. Consider a dog-safe bug repellent and some after-care items designed to discourage ticks and other pests from making a home in your pup's hair. BowDog's Take A Hike, Ticked Off and Ticked Off Bed and Coat Shake are designed for this.
The best hikes are the ones with your dog. Here's to a great coming summer!