Tips on Hiking With Your Dog

If you love hiking, there is nothing better than hiking with your dog. However, dogs do not know how to hike with you, they have to be taught, which is why it is important to begin training your dog at an early age. It is best to begin taking your new puppy everywhere with you to get him or her use of the car, and socialized around other people and dogs. Take your dog with you when you go on short outings in the country or away from other people, but keep them on a leash, especially if their recall is not consistent.

Once you have worked with your dog for the period, you will then want to head to a very short hiking trail that is easy to you and where you can keep the dog on a leash. The leash should be long enough to allow him to explore, but not so long that your dog could become tangled if they head out too far. The point of the first short hike with the leash is you want to make sure your dog’s recall is good and he or she consistently comes when called. This way when you are ready to let him or her off the leash when hiking, you will have confidence that they will return when you call their name.

You will also need to keep in mind that some breeds are better at hiking than others are. Very tiny dogs with delicate legs and feet do not do as well as larger breeds that have more agility, so keep this in mind if you are adopting a puppy with hopes of hiking in the future. Typically, medium to large dogs do much better in hiking situations than miniature or toy sized dogs.

The more you take your dog hiking, the better his or her instincts become in the open trails or even mountainous trails, depending on where you plan to hike. Make sure ahead of time before arriving at the hiking trails that dogs are allowed, because some of the trails will not allow dogs on their trails, so make sure if you are heading out for some hiking that you know where the trails are that do allow dogs. Moreover, make sure you pack a small portable drinking bowl and water for your dog to drink while on the hike, especially if it is in the summer months, you and your dog will need to stay hydrated.

How popular is hiking?

Well, after doing much research I have found some interesting things in regards to it. There are numerous trails used by individuals for hiking in North America and globally. Many individuals join hiking organizations to help make their interest more refreshing. The trail to the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire is the oldest trail that is still being in use currently.

This was actually started in 1819. As of right now, the number of individuals participating in hiking has increased to over thirty-seven million. Most of these activities occur within the national parks. The main reason for this popularity could be financially-related.
This particular activity appears to bring with it some health benefits as well. Studies have shown that active walking brings with it a lower risk of heart disease or stroke.

So it appears that all of that walking and climbing does eventually pay off at the end. However, it does bring some risks with it as well. One of those are possible attacks by wild animals. Second, there is the chance of getting lost on a trail that isn’t recognizable. Third, not having enough water or food can bring with it the risk of thirst and starvation in the event an individual gets lost on the trail.

However, with enough safeguards and preparation, anyone can enjoy hiking to the fullest. With the high number of individuals taking on this hazardous activity, it appears that it will be around for a long time.

Important things before starting the hike

There are certain basic things that every hiker should do before going out on a hike. Some of which are mentioned below.

Plan the duration of the hike, for a beginner a few hours hiking is good, and at max, you can enjoy the whole day on weekends.

Estimate your physical level, start slow and around the places more familiar to you, and gradually increase your level.

Try to find out partners dot try to become a hero all at once as it can get dangerous. Moreover, your bonding will improve.

Always tell you dear one where you are going for a hike as if something happens they would know where to start the search.

There are certain basic things that every hiker should do before going out on a hike. Some of which are mentioned below.

Plan the duration of the hike, for a beginner a few hours hiking is good, and at max, you can enjoy the whole day on weekends.

Estimate your physical level, start slow and around the places more familiar to you, and gradually increase your level.

Try to find out partners dot try to become a hero all at once as it can get dangerous. Moreover, your bonding will improve.

Always tell you dear one where you are going for a hike as if something happens they would know where to start the search.

Best hiking tips for beginners

So now you started caring about yourself and want to stay fit. But there are few obstacles between you and your fitness such as you cannot get up early and have run or your schedule is too tight to allow you to hit the gym. Then hiking may be the solution to all those problems.

Understanding Hiking

 

People tend to confuse hiking with trekking, but both are different from each other. In a nutshell, Trekking is taking a long journey for days, on foot on usually uncharted paths where there are no means of transport is available. Whereas hiking refers to long, vigorous walks taken on trails in the countryside, and its duration varies from person to person.

How hiking helps you?

 

What If you can build good endurance and strength just while exploring your surroundings and having fun then you would always love such workout. Hiking has following effects on your body.

  • If you hike regularly, then it can reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, thus strengthening your heart and reducing the chance of strokes.
  • Hiking provides all your muscles a decent workout thus lowering the blood sugar level thus it can control and even prevent diabetes.
  • An hour of hiking can burn up to 550 calories, thus reducing the extra calories and keeping you fit.

Apart from this hiking have countless other benefits which we would be discussing some other day.