Go hiking with your dog

Loyal, the family dog ​​can enjoy all activities, including hiking, if like his humans, he is well prepared. In this video, realize yourself in collaboration with Polytrans and Le Chien Sportif, we address all the important topics so that your hike with your pet goes smoothly.

Hiking, a moment of pleasure

In the middle of nature, the pleasure of walking is a moment of sharing. Just like the human, the dog needs to be prepared to this activity. Once educated and socialized, he can gradually be accustomed to walking and then must be equipped to be able to take longer hikes.

Tips for preparing for a hike with your dog

  • It is imperative to be attentive to his dog if he is young ; Until he has finished growing, very long hikes could expose your companion to irreparable joint or bone problems in the future. UN check-up carried out by an osteopathic veterinarian help you take stock of his possibilities for going on a hike and his general state of health in order to determine whether your dog has any pathology preventing him from participating in this activity.

  • Depending on breed, height, weight and age, sports abilities will be very different from one dog to another. Never embark on a long hike without consulting your veterinarian. It tells you if the distance and the elevation are possible or not for your doggie. The dog should be gradually accustomed to longer and longer walks until the day of departure. Also consider prepare your pads with the specific cream.

  • Take advice from experienced people in the area where you would like to go in order to determine the possible dangerous zones for your dog.

  • Before an outing, and whatever the duration, always watch the weather forecastin the mountains, the weather can change very quickly, remember to take warm clothes and a waterproof jacket or poncho in the event of a sudden downpour. There are technical clothes for dogs that are comfortable, warm and breathable. Your pet’s pads can be damaged by the terrain, especially when it is rocky. You can put some specific boots to pay preserve his pawsbut be careful, he must have been used to it beforehand during several short outings.

  • Think of prepare your trip well. Bring a map of the area and a compass because even if you use an application, you are not immune to a lack of network once on the way.

  • feel free to informant one or more people reliable of your hiking area and the time you plan to leave. This precaution provides security in the event of a problem. Also plan in your backpack, a list of contacts in case of emergency, A first-aid kita lamp, a whistle, enough to light a fire, hydration bags and some energy food as well as the rations necessary for your animal.

  • Check that the area crossed is not entirely or partially prohibited to dogs. Some national parks or nature reserves do not accept dogs, as do many refuges. In case of violation, you risk a fine of 350 €.

    Make sure you are well informed because on some hiking trails, dogs are accepted if they are on a leash. In other places, such as certain mountain pastures, they are prohibited for only part of the year, generally during the summer season. To be informed, consult the municipal or prefectural decrees of the region that you intend to visit with your little companion.

  • Choose areas where water is frequent, your dog will enjoy cooling off there and can drink at will, which will allow you to load less. Note that even if water is present on your journey, it will be necessary to bring a bowl and water for your companion.

  • To hike safely with a dog, the leash can sometimes be very cumbersome, especially when it is necessary to use both hands (difficult passages, use of walking sticks, etc.). UN harness with adjustable straps will allow you to be attached to the animal through a long elastic connected to a traction harness placed on the dog’s body. The harness is preferable to the belt because the entire pelvis is worn and the traction is better distributed. A belt can get in the way or even hurt if you are carrying a backpack.

    Note that the traction harness must be perfectly adapted to the body of the animal and must have been used beforehand to accustom the dog before embarking on a very long course. An unsuitable harness can cause injuries and even joint damage. The ‘T’ harness should be avoided because it blocks the free movement of the shoulders during traction.

  • If you go for several days, opt for a bat bag, a kind of dog backpack that allows him to carry about 10% of his weight. Again, the animal must be familiarized with this equipment before the hike.

  • Faced with heat, the dog regulates its temperature by panting. Wet his paws, belly and the skin of his thighs will be an effective way to refresh it.

The shared pleasure, the respect of the dog and the environment, the food, the adapted material, are for the sporting dog, the keys of the success of a beautiful hike.

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