Hiking with Dogs in ALL Seasons




Hiking with Dogs in ALL Seasons


Ensuring the well-being of your furry best friend during hikes throughout the seasons requires some thoughtful preparation. Here's a SENDY guide to hiking protection for dogs all year round:

Proper Identification:

Ensure your dog has a sturdy collar with an ID tag containing your current contact information. Consider having your dog microchipped for an added layer of protection.

Health Check:

Schedule a veterinary checkup to ensure your dog is fit for hiking. Discuss vaccinations, tick and flea prevention, and any specific concerns related to the region you'll be hiking in.

Tick and Flea Prevention:

Use vet-recommended tick and flea prevention measures. Check your dog for ticks after each hike, especially in wooded or grassy areas.

Seasonal Grooming:

Adjust grooming routines based on the season. Longer fur provides insulation in winter but can be a burden in summer. Keep your dog's coat clean and well-brushed to prevent matting and overheating.

Protect Paws:

In hot weather, protect your dog's paws from hot surfaces. Consider dog booties or paw wax. In winter, use booties to prevent ice accumulation and protect paws from harsh conditions.


Carry enough water for both you and your dog, especially during warm weather. Portable dog bowls are handy for on-the-go hydration.


Adjust your dog's diet based on activity level and weather conditions. Consult your vet to ensure your dog is getting the right nutrients.

Weather-Appropriate Gear:

Invest in weather-appropriate gear, such as a doggy jacket for cold weather or a cooling vest for hot days. Consider a doggy backpack for your pup to carry their essentials.

First Aid Kit:

Pack a dog-specific first aid kit. Include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers for tick removal, and any medications your dog may need.

Rest Breaks:

Be mindful of signs your dog is fatigued or overheating, take rests, rehydrate and adjust your pace accordingly.

Leash and Trail Etiquette:

Keep your dog on a leash where required, and otherwise be aware of other hikers, wildlife and potential hazards.

Weather Considerations:

Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Carry a lightweight, waterproof jacket for your dog, or find a good spot to wait out a storm.

Insect Repellent:

Some human insect repellent ingredients can be harmful to dogs. In areas prone to bugs, use a dog-safe repellent.

Avoid Wildlife Encounters:

Keep your dog away from wildlife. Encounters can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Attach a ‘Bear Bell’ to your dog’s collar to alert bears and other wildlife of your dog’s presence. 

Know the Trail:

Learn about the trail: potential hazards, water sources, and if it’s dog friendly.


It’s crucial that your dog responds to basic commands, for their safety and the safety of others on the trail.

Emergency Plan:

Have a plan in case of injury or unexpected events. Know the location of the nearest vet clinic or emergency services.

All-Season Dog Boots:

Look into booties for added protection against rough terrain, hot surfaces of sharp vegetation.

Your dog may make it in one direction, but you may end up carrying him back. 

Help ensure that your dog stays safe, healthy, and happy during your hiking adventures in any season. Always be attentive to your dog's needs and adjust your plans accordingly.

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