Planning an adventure with your dog? 5 key things to prepare and pack
August 01, 2018
Holidays usually mean leaving your dog behind at a boarding kennel or with a close friend to look after, but there’s no reason you can’t bring them along the next time you’re planning a short weekend away. Getting out of the house for the weekend is a great way to spend some quality time with your dog and lets you experience plenty of new activities together.
Check the rules
If you love the great outdoors, there’s really nothing better than bringing your dog along with you to explore all that nature has to offer. While there are plenty of beaches and camping spots that are dog-friendly, it’s important you check all the rules and do your research before you head out. You’ll be able to find this essential information on most local council websites or dog related forums. Some places may need you to keep your dog on a leash, while others may be a bit more relaxed. Hiking trails may also have restrictions on whether dogs are allowed in an effort to help protect the local fauna and flora, so make sure you do plenty of research before arriving to avoid disappointment.
Be prepared and plan ahead
If your dog isn’t used to long hikes, it’s a good idea to start preparing them before you tackle it together for the first time. Even the most athletic dogs have their limits so mild training in the weeks leading up to your trip is important to help avoid any injuries. It’s also a good idea to check in with your vet before you take off to make sure your dog is up to date with all their vaccinations, has the appropriate parasite prevention and for any extra advice.
Pack the essentials
It’s important you’re well prepared and pack all the essentials you’ll need if you’re planning a longer trip or overnight stay. Packing your own doggy travel kit means you’ll have everything you might need on hand and ready to go. Some essentials you should always make sure you have are: • Familiar bedding to keep them comfortable at night • Toys to keep them entertained • Extra treats • Towels • Plenty of food and water • Bags for toilet trips • Portable water bowl • Safe travel items (seatbelt, crate, harness) • Spare leash and collar • First aid kid
Plenty of food and water
Long hikes can take it out of you and your dog, so it’s important you fuel their body with a high-quality diet to ensure they have sustained energy to last. Some feeding guides will cater for higher performance dogs, so it is good to check these when planning an adventure with your dog. Additionally, having plenty of fresh water is a must so it's worth adding a second reminder here to bring along a portable water bowl, so your dog can easily quench their thirst.
Whenever you take your dog on a hiking trip, remember to always keep an eye out for wildlife. Depending on the season, snakes and other dangerous animals can be out, so a small first aid kit is a must in case of emergencies. As an extra precaution before you go away, you could research veterinary clinics and emergency centres nearby. Remember that even a rough terrain or a burning, hot ground on a sunny day are enough to harm your dog, so be mindful of all potential hazards.