Hiking is popular here in Sunny Southern California and why not?! It’s a great way to get outdoors and exercise with your pup! Whether you’re hiking Cowles Mountain or just down the beach, here’s a few tips to make sure you and your dog have a great experience and always come back for more.
Bring plenty of water for you AND your dog, and a portable bowl. Don’t allow your dog to drink from streams as they may contain parasites or disease.
2. Get Equipped
Consider hiking boots for your dog, or a cooling jacket. At Hairy & Merry, we carry great dog outdoor products from Ruffwear and other vendors.
3. Don’t Push It
Don’t push your dog on strenuous hikes, and watch out for signs of exhaustion or dehydration. Heavy panting, hanging tongue, whining, or refusal/reluctance to go on are the most common. Stop and rest, in the shade if possible, drink water and relax until you’re sure your dog is ready to go on.
4. Keep It Clean
Don’t leave dog waste on the trail. Bury it or bring a baggie so others can have a pleasant experience, and to make sure dogs are always welcome.
5. Keep An Eye Out
Watch out for wildlife, and especially avoid rattlesnakes and coyotes. These animals may attack dogs, and it’s also difficult to know how your dog will react when he or she detects a strange animal.
6. After-Action Review
Inspect your dogs’ fur for ticks, fleas, and other parasites after the hike. Better yet, treat your dog to a Fragrant Self-Wash bath at Hairy & Merry.
7. Most Importantly
Have fun! San Diego County offers great dog-friendly hiking spots, such as Three Sisters Falls, Cowles Mountain, and Mission Trails Regional Park.
Come into Hairy & Merry and check out a few of the products we offer to help you enjoy hiking with your dog!
Hiking Boots and Socks
Paw pads are tough, but can become injured or just made uncomfortable on certain terrain. The ground can also get hot, so consider protecting your dogs’ feet with hiking boots or socks.
Swamp Cooler Jackets
Swamp Cooler Jackets – like this model from Ruffwear – are soaked in water pre-hike and cool the entire body as the water evaporates. They can significantly lower core body temperature on hot days.
Did you know that dogs can get sunburned? Snouts, ears, and around the eyes are vulnerable when out in the sun all day. Use Hairy & Merry All-Natural Paw Balm as a sunscreen and moisturizer during your hikes.