Fall means changing leaves, flannel shirts, and crisp nights around the campfire. It is also the perfect time to fill up a water bottle, lace up your hiking boots, and hit the trails with your furry friend.
But before you two head out to explore the best that nature has to offer, make sure you are BOTH prepared. While we usually remember our own water bottles and energy bars, it is easy to forget Rover can’t pack for himself. Use our handy checklist below to make sure your pup is ready to be the Lewis to your Clark!
Make Sure Fido is Fit
Much like humans, dogs shouldn’t take on any exercise program they aren’t ready for. If your pup is older or overweight, make sure they are physically fit long before you begin any strenuous adventures. Start with short walks around the neighborhood to build their stamina and reduce their fatigue.
Water Down Your Walk
Water is your dog’s best friend out on the trail, especially on warmer days. Try packing a collapsible bowl with some extra bottles of water. You can even get your pup to pitch in and carry their own supplies. Outdoor shops and some pet stores carry packs for dogs, just make sure not to weigh them down too much (young and healthy dogs should be able to carry around 25% of their body weight, but make sure and verify this with your vet).
Tell Bugs to Buzz Off
Before you begin your journey, make sure your dog is up to date on its flea and tick prevention. Biting insects, especially ticks, can transmit diseases and create big problems for your pooch. In addition to the medication prescribed by your vet, you can double down on protection with a natural, DEET-free bug repellent like Skedattle. Made up of essential oils that insects hate, Skedattle is powerful enough to protect humans while safe to use on kids and dogs. Grab a bottle today and start protecting your pup - and yourself.