Hunderucksack mit Yorkie, bolonka, Schäferhund

Hiking with a dog - tips and tricks for a successful tour

Murielle Bolli

Hiking with your dog is not only a great way to explore nature , but also a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your furry friend .

However, to ensure that your hikes with your dog go smoothly and are pleasant for both parties, there are a few important things to consider.

What do I need to hike with a dog?

In this section you will receive tips and tricks on how you can make the hiking tour with your dog an unforgettable experience.

Backpack to carry the dog

If your small dog weighs up to 11 pounds and may not have the stamina for a longer hike, but you still want to have him with you, a special backpack to carry the dog could be the solution. This dog backpack is designed so that you can carry your dog safely and comfortably on your back . They provide a padded and safe environment for your dog while you continue your hike.

When buying a backpack, you should look for good padding to ensure comfort for you and your dog. It is important to try out the backpack before the actual hiking trip and gradually get your dog used to it. Start with short periods of wear at home to allow your dog to get used to the feeling .

Give him positive reinforcement and treats to create a positive association with the backpack. Be careful not to overheat or overwhelm your dog. Regular breaks and rest determine how long you can hike with your dog .

Yorkie in dog backpack with Bolonka, Havanese, German Shepherd

Dog drinking bottle for regular drinking breaks

While hiking, it's important that your dog gets enough fluids to stay hydrated. Therefore, invest in a dog drinking bottle that is specially designed for on the go . These bottles are usually leak-proof and have a special lid that your dog can drink from . Make sure you always take enough water with you for your dog and give him regular drinking breaks .

Rope rope for enough space and safety at the same time

A sturdy and durable rope leash is essential when hiking with your dog. It gives you better control over your four-legged friend and gives you the peace of mind that he won't suddenly run away or get caught in dangerous situations. Choose a leash that is long enough to allow your dog enough freedom of movement , but not too long that he loses control. In many nature reserves it is compulsory to keep them on a leash !

Treats for dogs as motivation

While hiking, it can be helpful to give your dog a reward or treat every now and then. Treats can serve as motivation and show your dog that he has done something well. So pack some tasty and healthy snacks that are especially suitable for dogs. However, avoid too many or too large treats to avoid overfeeding.

A foldable bowl for every place

A foldable bowl is extremely practical for providing your dog with water or food on the go . These lightweight and compact bowls can be easily stored in your backpack and take up hardly any space . They are ideal for giving your dog a refreshment break without having to rely on bulky containers.

Tick ​​collar as a natural tick protection

Ticks are a common problem when hiking in rural areas. A tick collar can help protect your dog from these annoying parasites. Remember to still check your dog for ticks regularly , especially after hiking in densely vegetated areas. Feel free to read our article on natural tick protection for your dog .

Preparation and training for hikes with dogs

Before you go hiking with your dog, make sure he knows basic obedience commands such as "sit," "stay," and "come." This is important to ensure you can control your dog in critical situations .

Also, train your dog to walk on a leash to minimize pulling and tugging. Good preparation and training in advance will make hiking more enjoyable for you and your dog.

Hiking with a dog in Switzerland

The most popular places include the Allgäu, Aargau, Säntis or the Glarus Alps .

Hiking with a dog in Germany, Austria or Italy

Of course, there are also beautiful places for hiking with dogs outside of Switzerland. These include, for example: E.g.:

  • Bavaria
  • NRW
  • resin
  • Eifel
  • Black Forest
  • Saxon Switzerland
  • Franconian Switzerland
  • Dolomites
  • Titisee

Conclusion: Hiking with a dog and what you need to consider

Hiking with your dog can be an enriching and enjoyable experience as long as you keep a few important things in mind. It doesn't matter whether it's an easy hike with your dog or you're going on a multi-day hike with your dog .

Make sure your dog gets enough water , use a suitable rope , reward him with treats and prepare yourself and your dog well. A backpack to carry your dog is a great option for taking your small dog on hikes when he can no longer manage his own legs.

Don't forget to remember other essentials like a first aid kit and poop bags. We have practical dog waste bag dispensers for this. This way you can experience unforgettable adventures in nature and build a close bond with your furry companion . Enjoy the time together and make the most of your hikes with your dog!