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My name is Jeremy and I am the proud owner of Soka, a Siberian husky.
I'm going to tell you all about my experiences of hiking with your dog in the summer, or what we call "dog-led hiking” and why I love it so much.
Unlike a stroll or walk, when you go on a dog-led hike, your 4-legged friend is attached to you in a leading position.
Here are some tips for getting started and exploring walking trails with your dog.
The main benefit of hiking with your dog is that it increases your closeness with your pet. An outdoor activity will not only give you a strong sense of well-being but also a feeling of companionship with your 4-legged friend and will strengthen your connection with him.
Once you have planned your route, the next step is to prepare your kit.
There are two options depending on the breed, size and age of your animal and the type of hike (intensive or not).
There are some rules to consider when dog-led hiking:
first, be respectful of other hikers, and respectful of fauna and flora. For example, avoid approaching herds or wild animals even with your dog attached to you.
Take bags for your dog's poop. Remember to deal responsibly with your own waste too.
For optimum enjoyment it is important that your dog is well-trained: heel, (just in case), sit, walk and more useful commands specific to dog-led hiking: left/right (important for unexpected forks), stop (very useful in case of problems), in front (for him to assist you).
Once you return home, the first thing to do is to look for any ticks and the second thing, is to get the food bowl out. You must wait one to three hours before feeding your companion. The dog's stomach is at greater risk of dilatation-torsion as it is more mobile. Giving your dog food after exercise increases the risk of stomach torsion. The third is to check the dog's paws. Dogs who love lots of affection might also enjoy a little massage after the hike.
TIP: Use encouragement rather than punishment, your dog may be stubborn, don't worry too much if he's a bit disobedient. Just encourage him and congratulate him when he is obedient. Do you want to go out with your dog all year round, even in winter? Have you heard of dog-led snowshoeing?
What is your best memory hiking with your pet companion?
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