Take a Hike... with your dog!

June 01, 2015

During these warm weather months, you probably have some big hikes planned with your thrill sniffer. If that's the case, make sure you follow some dog hiking safety guidelines to keep your four-legged friend happy.

Planning a Dog-Powered Hike

As with any adventure, safety is the most important factor. You want to make sure you have a healthy and happy pup before venturing on any long hikes. A quick check-up with the vet will let you know your dog is ready for a lot of exercise and has the endurance to keep up. After your pup gets a clean bill of health, it’s all about packing the right necessities and knowing the trail.

Picking which trail to hike should be based on your hiking experience and how comfortable you are with your surroundings. If you’re a beginner, look for a flat, low-intensity trail. If you’ve been hiking with your dog for years, look for a new trail that gives you a chance to explore something fresh.

Be sure to pack light but pack right! Bring along both the necessary gear and be prepared for the unexpected to happen along the way. Here's a list of alcott gear that can make your hiking adventures more fun, more convenient and safe:

If your hiking trip is longer than a few hours, you may also need:

The Hike

Once you’ve finished your planning, it’s time to start your adventure. 

Using a leash is important while hiking. You might think your dog is easily controlled and well behaved off leash, but you don’t know what kinds of creatures are lurking out in the wild. Protect your dog and everyone else who walks on the trail by using a leash.

While hiking, watch for uneven ground and loose rock, and give your dog some slack in the leash in case you trip or fall. Stop frequently for water and always pick up after your dog. Also be aware of your dog's physical limitations. If their tongue is hanging out of their mouth more than half way, it's time to stop and rest.

Remember to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water for both yourself and your dog. 

Post Hike

Once your hike is over, make sure that both you and your dog get plenty of food, water and rest to recover for your next big adventure! 

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Sizing Guide

Some pet parents ask us, "why don't you put a minimum + maximum dog weight on the packaging so I know which size to get my dog?". We have a few responses to that question, but the most common one is simply: every dog is different. Even within their own breeds, dog body shapes and weights vary drastically. Can you imagine buying your clothes based on your weight?! It just isn't practical. So before you invest in our adventure gear, we suggest measuring your thrill sniffer first. It might take a few extra minutes now, but it will save many more minutes + frustration by having to go through the return/exchange process. 

Within our brand, we have done our best to create a consistent sizing system. If your dog wears our medium collar, it is likely that they will also need a medium bed and wear medium apparel + accessories. However, that's not always the case. Take Typo Cremeans, our rescued mystery mutt, for instance... his head is an small, his neck is a medium and his body can range between large and medium. We've met a few pugs and boston terriers along the way that can wear both small and medium harnesses comfortably. All of our gear that your pup has to wear around their neck, chest and/or waist is adjustable. So your particular dog could be the largest possible size of our medium gear or the smallest possible size that our large gear goes. You won't know until you measure, so please refer to our handy dandy sizing guides below before you buy.

If you're unsure, send some pictures of your dog to us at hello@alcottadventures.com and we'll do our best to fit your dog virtually. We'll exchange your gear for free if we guess wrong.

Heck, we'll even do that if you guess wrong. Click here to check out our return + exchange policy.

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