This time of year is when people are trying to stick to New Year’s resolutions of staying in shape.  And there is no better way to enjoy accomplishing your goals than partaking in hikes with your dog outdoors.  However, you need to keep your dog‘s safety in mind while experiencing such activities.  Here are a few guidelines ensuring you and your dog will have a pleasant adventure while exercising together.

First Things First, Update Vet Records

This is more of a precautionary step, but you never know what you shall encounter along the walk.  Therefore, check to make sure your dog’s vet records are up to date.  There are wild plants, shrubs other animals that may scratch your dog or injure it in some way.  If the vaccinations are up to date then you do not have to worry about it.

To Leash or Not to Leash

If your dog is speedy in response to your calling commands then it is okay to allow your dog to wonder around during a hike.  However, be careful and considerate when doing so.  Some people are not comfortable when seeing a dog off a leash, and it makes them uneasy.  Thus, if it is a crowded hiking location, do not allow your dog to go without a leash.  In addition, if there are other dogs on the trail, then be prepared.  Bring treats to distract your dog for whenever other dogs cross the same path.  By preventing a negative encounter from occurring, you enhance the level of enjoyment you both share.


Just as you would with yourself, make sure you bring plenty of water for your pup too.  You both need to stay hydrated.  It is a good rule of thumb to avert your dog from drinking from natural lakes, ponds, and streams.  For you do not know what may be contained in those natural bodies of water.  There may be parasites or toxins putting your four-legged companion’s health at-risk.

Remember, if you have a dog, and wish to stick to your fitness goals, bring your pup along.  Dogs need the exercise too.  For more information check out Sarasota dog training classes and Florida k9 private lessons today.