HIKING WITH DOGS
Here are some things to consider of your day hike with your pooches.
Minnesota weather can be challenging and surprising. Hiking The North team will keep track as weather changes and will notify everyone via email or in our facebook group for an update. It's always important to have enough water, if its really humid and warm. Your pup needs to be hydrated at all times. Mother nature can be uninspected. If it rains unannounced, make sure you have proper gear for you and your pup on your day pack. Please make sure you have the proper clothes and no sandals on the trails. You will need hiking shoes, tennis shoes, or closed toed shoes..
Backpacks and dog backpacks
You will need to bring a backpack with you to carry any necessary items that you will need, example: Snacks, water, and or medications. Jackson Allan did not have a doggie backpack, but, if you do have one for your dog, make sure it's light. General rule, 1 pound per 20 pounds of dog. Dogs can carry their snacks, water, and other gear. If they like to swim, make sure those items are in water proof baggies!
Trail treats and water bowls
Your fur baby will be walking! That means, they are going to be burning calories! Make sure you bring treats that will give them energy. Some parks don't provide water so it's always good to be prepared. State Parks have beautiful rivers and lakes. Rivers are great to keep your pooch cool, but not for drinking water! We get sick from drinking river or lake water, so do our dogs. They are susceptible to giardiasis and other water-borne diseases. So bring enough water for your pooch. It will also lower the chances of heatstroke. Jackson Allan had a collapsable water bowl. But plastic bowls work great too!
Dog Behavior and Leash
"Will my Dog listen to me?" There will be other hikers, runners, and other fur babies on the trail. Make sure your dog listens to your commands and is on a 6 foot leash at all times!
Yes, your dog will probably need to go poopies on the trail. You will need to pick up after your dog and dispose of it in the proper waste bin at the park. If you forget to bring some, please ask one of the Hiking The North Adventurists and they will provide you with one. Hiking The North practices Leave No Trace and will reinforce these principles in the beginning of each hike!