Before I am going to discuss more on this topic, Let Me Introduce My BEST ONLINE FRIEND - Lindsay Stordahl
She (with her mutt Ace) is the blogger behind That Mutt. And recently I came across of her article about - Hiking With Dogs
I had GREAT POSITIVE EXPERIENCE with her about "How our life is dedicated to dogs?"
First, start taking your dog on longer and ever longer walks in your neighbour and local parks. Some dogs may be a little overweight and will take a little conditioning prior to the first hike and to toughen up the paws.
For your first hike consider the terrain (how rugged the trail is), distance along the trail. During the hike keep a steady and not overly fast pace.
Bring along a toy, ball or something familiar to the dog which can provide comfort. While some dogs like the new scents they will discover during the hike others can become nervous.
Your dog will need to be trained how to behave in the outdoors. No jumping on the other hikers or barking at whoever you meet along the trail.
Bring along a leash, it may be required or recommended in some rugged, busy sections.
Be aware of any plants and wildlife you may encounter along the hiking trail. You do not want the dog running through a patch of poison ivy as the oil can stick or chasing a fox or bear.
Your dog must respond to your voice commands for the dogs safety.
Once you've determined that your hike is a "go", whether it's a long or a short trip, make sure you have the following items:
Bring these just as you would when you're going for your regular walks.
The tags MUST be legible and specify your dog's name and your current contact information. It's also a good idea to have a current photo with you just in case you get separated.
Human first aid kits can come in handy in the event of a cut or scrape (for either of you). Throw some tweezers in it for easy tick removal.
You both need sunscreen and they make sunscreen specifically for dogs. Light-colored noses are very susceptible to sunburns and dogs can get skin cancer just like you.
Know whether or not you are taking your hike during a hunting season. Orange vests for you and your dog will make sure you both stand out.
The same rules you follow on your routine walks apply to your hikes. Have a "carry in, carry out" mentality, which includes cleaning up after your dog on the trail. Using a leash will ensure that other hikers, other dogs, as well as the flora and fauna around you will remain undisturbed. If you're both on a more leisurely hike, let others moving at faster pace pass you easily.
Hiking with your dog is a wonderful way to spend quality time together and enjoy the outdoors all while getting a great workout. You're guaranteed to have a fun and safe hike just by taking a bit of extra time to plan and prepare.