Want to go for a hike on a Colorado trail with your dog?

Happy dog with it's tongue out - "a hiking dog is a happy dog"

Colorado summers boast the best weather, and it’s only natural you’d want to explore the great outdoors with your favorite four-legged friend. Instead of the same old walking route, consider taking them on a hike where they, too, can enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.

If this is your first time venturing on a trail with Rex, give our list of hiking tips below a look:

Check first to make sure that your planned hiking area allows dogs. 

Some parks and areas don’t allow dogs, and you don’t want to disappoint your excited pup as you arrive at your destination. If there are signs that say, “No dogs allowed,” stick to the rules. This sign isn’t just meant for your pet’s safety, but for the well-being of the wildlife in the area as well.

Most parks and hiking areas that do allow dogs will require the dogs to be on a leash. 

Check to make sure that your dog’s leash is in good condition and that their collar or harness is adjusted properly.

Plan your hike for distance and difficulty. 

If it has been a while since you have taken a long walk with your pup, it’s better to ease into greater distances. Start with short, low-impact hikes and go from there as your dog builds stamina.

Be sure to bring plenty of water. 

It’s dry out there and with all of the heat, excitement, and exertions, they will get thirsty. Bring along a portable water bowl for frequent water stops. If your dog’s tongue is hanging out, it’s probably time for a water stop. Be sure to also bring a few small treats as well for your rest stop.

Stay on the trail. 

Be aware that spiders, snakes, and other hazards are usually off of the path and that your dog’s curiosity can lead to potential issues. Play it safe by staying on the designated trails.

Time your hike right.

Plan on going out during a cooler time of the day, such as the early morning or late afternoon when the temperatures drop. Pick a hiking area that has some shade for rest stops as well.

Be considerate and bring and use your waste disposal bags. 

Don’t be that person. Please and thank you!

Most importantly, make it fun! 

Your dog will love you and you’ll get some great exercise, as well.

Article written by Laura for the South Metro Chamber enhanced by Credit Union of Denver.