Wanting to get a head start on your New Year’s resolution of hiking with the hound?
Try a trail that’s good for you and your buddy.
Frequently, a dog’s fitness mirrors their person’s fitness. So if you have been a sofa spud, chances are your dog’s physique reflects that. If you’re active, your dog is probably active as well.
To be on the safe side, on your first hikes, go on outings that you know you and your dog can easily tackle. Look for trails that are relatively smooth and boulder-free. Trails that are wide and that have plenty of stopping spots with shade are good as well. And try for the trails that have minimal encounters with mountain bikes and horses, until at least you know for certain how your dog will react to them.
Just remember, keep your dogs on their leashes and bring along a lot of water and some poop bags.
Happy trails to you and Fido!