Trail Paws: Your Go-To Guide to Hiking with Dogs


Many of life’s greatest memories are made alongside loved ones, which is particularly true when immersing yourself in the outdoors. And when it comes to spending a fruitful day in the Wasatch, no one proves to be more adventurous or reliable than your own pup. But, as always, there are important tips and tricks to consider before embarking on a day of excursions. Below, get a glimpse of your newest go-to guide for hiking with dogs.

Preparing Your Pup

One thing hikers don’t often consider is whether or not their dog is up for the same challenge. Depending on the conditions and length of your desired adventure—whether that be for the day or overnight—we suggest heading to the vet for a quick check up. The vet will let you know if your dog is physically ready or needs any specific vaccinations and medications, which usually hinges on your dog’s age. When you’re given the green light, read up on trail regulations to see if dogs are permitted. The ones that aren’t open to pups are likely restricted for a reason.

What to Bring

If you’re planning to set out on a long hike, and perhaps camping in the Wasatch, consider getting a dog pack. This will allow your pup to comfortably carry his or her own supplies, including some food and water that you may not need to haul on your own. Make sure it’s snug but not too tight, and have your dog wear it a few times before embarking on the hike so he or she can become accustomed.


Other pup necessities include a first-aid kit, a water container and food. Your dog will burn a lot of energy on the trail, so it’s suggested to feed him or her the usual amount plus an extra cup for every 20 pounds of weight. And, depending on where you’re headed, think about getting dog booties, a safety headlight, towel and sleeping pad. You always want to be sure that your dog is safe and contented.

Be Aware of Hazards

Both dogs and humans are susceptible to the same dangers, yet dogs aren’t necessarily cautious or capable of voicing their aches and pains. So, while out on the trail, always be aware of the heat and how your pup might be affected. Additionally, keep an eye out for wildlife—not only is your dog prone to getting ticks, but he or she might also run after small animals. And in that same vein, keep your eyes peeled for any plants your dog may eat or play in. If he or she contracts poison ivy, there’s a chance you may get it too. When you’re both safe and happy, there’s nothing better than a hike with Fido.

Now, what are you waiting for? Summer at Summit Creek presents the ultimate opportunity to explore the wild with your best friend.

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