ADVENTURING WITH DOGS !
HIKING ? EXPLORING? CAMPING? WHY NOT INCLUDE YOUR BEST FRIEND!
MY NAME IS BRI, AND I’M AN AVID ADVENTURE-ER & ANIMAL LOVER - I ALSO HAVE SO MUCH LOVE AND GRATITUDE FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS. MY BUSINESS/PASSION OFFERS A WIDE VARIETY OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURE OPTIONS FOR CANINES - RANGING FROM ONE ON ONE NATURE WALKS TO OFF LEASH ADVENTUROUS PACK HIKES OF UP TO 10 DOGS. THAT SAID - THERE ARE MANY SAFETY PROTOCOLS , TIPS&TRICKS, DO’S & DON’TS AND PRIOR TRAINING NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE WE ALWAYS HAVE A BLISSFUL , STRESS-FREE , SAFE ADVENTURE WITH OUR PACK!
A LOOK INTO MY BACKPACK:
INSECT REPELLANT / BUG SPRAY : I make my own homemade bug spray from pure essential oils that is safe to use on both humans and dogs ! Click HERE for the recipe !
PET & HUMAN FIRST AID KIT: I particularly like the mini travel first aid kit made by KURGO - I add liquid benedryl and extra vet wrap to the kit.
PEPPER SPRAY / BEAR MACE: You Never Know!!
WATER KANTEEN: I’m in love with my HYDROFLASK CANTEEN !
COLLAPSIBLE WATER DISH:(silicone) There is always one clipped to the outside of my pack as well as an extra one in my pack - these can be found on amazon or your local pet store !
HEADLAMP: This always comes in handy for those early morning or late night Hikes as well as camping !
SLIP LEASH: (X2) : A basic dog slip leash or two are ALWAYS in my bag. I personally recommend the official Cesar Millan slip leash which can be found atCesarsway.com
DOG BOOTIES & PAW PROTECTOR : For the more rough terrain or snowy weather , your pups will need their feet protected in the tougher conditions. I personally recommend MUTTLUKS for booties and MUSHERS SECRET for paw pad protecting cream (can be found at your local pet store)
MINI FLASHLIGHT: A must have !
EMERGENCY WHISTLE WITH BUILT IN COMPASS: For emergencies and direction , I love my two in one whistle compass - can be found on amazon !
EXTRA SOCKS: Whether your feet are sweaty, cold, wet or smelly, an extra pair of socks is a hiking pack essential , just in case !
DOG TREATS : I highly recommend freeze dried beef liver treats , the brands I prefer are STEWARTS or PUREBITES , I have yet to meet a dog that doesn’t love them ! They are only one ingredient, low calorie and a healthy, high value treat for your dog! (can be found on amazon or your local pet store)
BRIGHT SAFETY VEST / DOG COAT: A bright safety vest is always a great idea no matter the conditions, weather or season. I personally LOVE the lightweight vest made by RUFFWEAR. A dog coat/jacket is essential for short or medium haired dogs in the cooler months to be sure their body temp stays normal. A few brands I recommend are HURTTA , RUFFWEAR & LLBEAN
ENERGY BARS: I always have one CLIFF BAR & one KIND BAR in my bag.
EMERGENCY PONCHO: I’ve had to use these plenty of times ! I order the disposable , travel pack ponchos off amazon.
SEAT PROTECTOR: I am in love with my KURGO seat protector, it keeps off dirt, hair, mud, slobber and protects my seats from being scratched .
SEAT BELT CLIPS & HARNESSES : This is one of the most important safety feature if you do not already travel with your dog in a crate. KURGO makes a great pet seat belt clip and harness which keeps your pet safe comfortable and in one spot during car rides.
GPS - An essential for longer trips or new hiking spots !
IN THE TRUNK:
Two large beach towels
Extra hiking boots
Pet grooming wipes
Flea and tick car spray
Backpacking pop up tent
Wash up kit (soap, sponges, toothbrush, paste etc)
*PET ID (NAME , PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS)AND RABIES TAG SHOULD BE ON PETS AT ALL TIMES!*
*ALL PETS SHOULD ALWAYS BE UP TO DATE ON SHOTS AS WELL AS FLEA AND TIC PREVENTION!*
*Be extremely cautious of both high and low temperatures and be sure you have all of the proper gear to keep both you and your pet comfortable and safe in extreme weather conditions.
I highly recommend double checking the forecast the evening prior and morning of before setting out for an adventure !
KNOW YOUR DOG!
Understanding your dogs energy level, athletic ability, endurance, strength and overall hiking stamina is so important in order to dictate which types of terrain, length and hiking trails will be best fit ! Building up your pups hiking endurance over time is essential before setting out for bigger journeys.
While your moms Border Collie May be able to hike all 45 ADK high peaks with ease , that doesn't mean your Bulldog is ready for that challenge. Much like us humans, dogs are all different and need to be conditioned to new terrain, elevation, rough trails , climbing etc.... to ensure there are no injuries or discomfort.
*Plenty of rest and water breaks are highly recommended.
THE OFF LEASH DOG!
*This is where prior training, safety, understanding and clear communication come into play.
*Be sure to check the leash law of the trail or preserve you are set out to explore.
Of course, It’s extremely fun, easy and natural to want to explore with our dogs off leash , but many of us forget to play it safe and often times we just expect our dogs to be great off leash and come back when called - this is not always the case and the outcomes can be dangerous.
Teaching your dog a SOLID recall command is of utmost importance before ever off leashing your dog. A Recall command is a command/word such as “Max here” or “Max come” in which your dog runs to you, front and center, no matter where they are, what they're doing or what distractions may be ahead - that's the tricky part, and what most people don’t train, work on or 100% accomplish before setting out for an off leash hike.
All of my dogs, and all of the dogs that go through an extensive OFF LEASH TRAINING PROGRAM with me , are all off leash trained via Remote or E-Collar. An E-Collar is a remote dog training system that consists of a wireless remote and a wireless receiver. The remote has different functions based on your model that will send either a tone, vibration, or a muscle stimulating sensation (tap) to the dog. Unlike most traditional "shock collars" the E-Collars we have ,use a form of stimulus that targets the neck muscles of the dog-mimicking the loving touch of their mother when teaching their pups. While the Remote collar is very controversial (tons of people use them without knowing the product, approach or correct training), it is single handedly one of the most effective and safe tools on the market for 100% off leash reliability and off leash communication - in my opinion. When used properly , effectively and with the right approach for your dog , not only will you have the most clear communication off leash with your dog but the piece of mind - KNOWING you can communicate and control your dog from anywhere and in any given situation.
*Remember, not every person or dog enjoys another dog in their space, this is something that needs to be advocated and respected at all times. When you see an oncoming hiker or dog(s), recall your dog(s) and leash them up ! If your dog is uncomfortable about an oncoming dog or hiker, notify the on-comer and calmly create space, never feel bad for advocating for you dog !
*If your dog truly does not enjoy the company of other dogs or people nor is off leashed trained, take a few steps back and work on these things prior to setting out for any adventures - you will thank yourself later, and so will your dog !
STAY POSITIVE, ADVENTUROUS, OPEN MINDED AND PEACEFUL !
Exploring the great outdoors with your canine companion is a super bonding, grounding , and natural experience. We encourage and challenge you all to get out more and explore (safely) with your dogs !! Cheers to adventures!
All the best,