Lately I have been trying to get in as many days as possible outside in order to get the most out of the rest of Summer. On trails and at climbing crags lately I have noticed guardians who haven’t adequately prepared to bring their furry friends outside – after years of practice running, hiking, and climbing with Koda I have developed some criteria for the different activities I do and what to bring for each and thought I might share a few things I like to keep in mind when Koda is around.
Hiking and Running:
When out hiking, I normally carry at least a Nalgene (or other water bottle) filled with water especially for Koda. If it is a longer hike I will bring more water because he is a big German Shepherd/Husky and needs a lot of water when it’s hot because of his heavy coat. Also, I like to try to plan my hikes and runs near some type of stream so that he can jump in and cool off.
When I’m running I tend to not carry things so if it’s really hot I will make sure to run in shaded areas with creeks or lakes nearby.
When I’m climbing I have the luxury of carrying a lot because I have a huge backpack full of gear already. Normally, I’ll bring a collapsible fabric dog bowl (like this one from RuffWear) and a big umbrella if it is somewhere I know it’s going to be really exposed during the day.
Keep in mind that our furry buddies can also get over-exhausted, dehydrated and even experience heat stroke – just like us. If you see any of symptoms like excessive panting, drooling, mild weakness, or stupor then your pet is too hot! Take steps to help them feel better by finding some shade for them to rest or some water for them to wade in.
Also, don’t forget to have fun!