Fall can be a great time to set out on outdoor adventures with your dog. The weather is crisp and cool to keep you and your dog comfortable, and all that beautiful fall foliage is definitely an added benefit.
We’ve gathered some of the best fall hiking tips for dog owners. Keep in mind that many experts recommend keeping your dog on leash at all times for her safety, so go off leash with caution.
Check out these helpful tips and enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend!
- A walk in the woods, even in fall, means that your dog could be vulnerable to flea and tick bites. Use a deterrent and check your dog for ticks after a hike.
- Consider using a harness specifically designed for hiking or running. Experts report that v-neck harnesses distribute force evenly to keep you and your dog steady. Some also have a handle on the back so you can quickly grab your dog in an emergency.
- While it may not be as hot as summer, your dog still needs plenty of fresh clean water to stay hydrated on a fall hike. Bring water and a collapsible bowl along with you on hikes.
- Challenging uphill trails can lead to some great views of fall foliage, but long distance/high elevation hikes are not for all dogs…or all people. Know the level of difficulty before you set off on a hike.
- Sometimes the weather can change quickly in the fall. Dress in layers and consider a jacket and booties for your dog in case the weather gets nasty. Booties or paw pad balm are always a good idea for rugged trail hikes.