We’ll take any excuse to get outside with our dogs—and hiking with them can be so rewarding. It’s a chance for them to explore the outdoors with mentally stimulating new smells and fresh scenery beyond their backyard, while getting in some exercise together. But we also share our trails with other dogs, people, and wildlife. Plan for success with these five simple rules of dog hiking etiquette to ensure everyone has a good hike.
Quick Tip: When you encounter another loose dog, leashing your own dog will give you better control of the situation. Always keep your dog nearby, keep a leash handy, and respect that other people or dogs on the trail may not be comfortable interacting with your dog.
Quick Tip: Be sure to get permission from other dog owners before you allow your well-socialized dog to greet other pups on the trail.
Quick Tip: Having the right pack can help keep your gear organized, making hikes with your dog easier so you can get out together more often. Get inspired with our trail-ready packs.
Leave Only Paw Prints, Take Only Pictures—and a Tired, Happy Dog
With the right gear and some simple guidelines, a successful hike with your dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can share together. We hope this inspires you to get out and enjoy the outdoors together.