Take a hike! With your dogs, of course…

Take a hike, people!

Now, now, we didn’t mean that in a nasty way. Don’t go! Not yet, at least. See, today is National Take a Hike Day! Yes, we know it might be a little chilly in some parts of the country, but if you bundle up well and keep moving, you’ll be toasty in no time. This is your encouraging reminder to get out of the house for at least one more good hike before winter weather really sets in.

And who better to take along for the trek than your dogs?

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Hiking is a great way for humans to improve their health, reduce stress, and simply help you have fun while enjoying the great outdoors. Now, unlike the photo above, your hike doesn’t have to involve whole mountains! There are likely plenty of parks and local trails just a few minutes walk or drive away from where you’re sitting right now. Of course, if you’re up for something more ambitious–like clambering up one of Colorado’s many 14er peaks–then go for it!

Hiking with your dogs is also an excellent way to help them get in some great exercise while exploring Nature. They’ll thank you for the fun, for sure! But there are a few things to take into consideration before you strike out on the trail.

What are the trail leash laws? Some hikes require dogs to remain on leash the whole time, while others allow them off-leash so long as they’re under voice command. Respect other hikers (and possibly other dogs) on the trail and keep your pups from disturbing them along the way.

Depending on the length of the hike, you should plan on bringing plenty of water for both yourself and your dogs. Sometimes you can get lucky and hike along a flowing creek or river they can drink from, but consider still bringing along an extra bottle and perhaps a collapsible dog bowl in case the flow has dried up.

Lastly, even though it’s no longer technically tick season thanks to the chillier weather, it’s still a good idea to check over your dog once you get back to the car. Look for ticks still, but also check their fur and paws for scrapes or cuts they might’ve gained while sprinting around.

All right! Enough of us talking. Go grab your hiking stick, a leash, and a few snacks and head on out while the day is still warm and bright.

Have you gone hiking lately? Did you take your dogs with you? Send us a few scenic photos or post them on our Facebook page so we can share in the joy!

 

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