Go for a walk with your dog

A faithful companion, the family dog ​​can take full advantage of all activities, including hiking, if he, like his people, is well prepared. In this video produced in collaboration with Polytrans and Le Chien Sportif, we cover all the important topics so that your hike with your pet runs smoothly.

Hiking, a moment of pleasure

At the heart of nature is the pleasure of going a moment of sharing. Like man, the dog must be prepared to this activity. Once trained and socialized, he can gradually get used to walking and must then be equipped to be able to take longer hikes.

Tips for preparing for a hike with your dog

  • It is imperative to be pay attention to his dog if he is young ; Until he has finished growing, very long walks can expose your companion to irreparable joint or bone problems in the future. ONE checks performed by an osteopathic veterinarian will help you take stock of his options for hiking and his general state of health to determine if your dog has any pathology that is preventing him from participating in this activity.

  • Depending on race, height, weight and age, sports skills will be very different from dog to dog. Never go on a long hike without consulting your veterinarian. It will tell you if the distance and height are possible or not for your doggie. The dog must be gradually getting used to longer and longer walks until the day of departure. Also consider prepare your pillows with specific cream.

  • Receive advice from experienced people in the area where you want to go to determine the possible dangerous zones for your dog.

  • Before an excursion, and regardless of the duration, always check the weatherin the mountains the weather can change very quickly, remember to take warm clothes and one waterproof jacket or poncho in case of a sudden downpour. There are technical clothes for dogs that are comfortable, warm and breathable. Your pet’s pillows can be damaged by the terrain, especially when it is rocky. You can put some specific boots to preserve his pawsbut beware, he must have been accustomed to it beforehand during several short excursions.

  • Think of prepare your trip well. Bring a map of the area and a compass, because even if you use an application, you are not immune to missing networks once on the road.

  • You are welcome to inform one or more people of your hiking area and the time you plan to leave. This precaution provides safety in case of a problem. Also plan in your backpack, a list of contacts in case of emergency, A first aid kita lamp, a whistle, something to light a fire on, hydration bags and some energy food as well as the necessary rations for your animal.

  • Check that the crossed area is not completely or partially forbidden for dogs. Some national parks or nature reserves do not accept dogs, and so do many refuges. In case of violation you risk a fine of 350 €.

    Find out more, because on some hiking trails, dogs are allowed if they are on a leash. Elsewhere, such as certain mountain pastures, they are only banned for part of the year, generally during the summer season. To be informed, consult the municipal or prefectural decrees of the region which you plan to visit with your little companion.

  • Choose areas where the water is frequent, your dog will enjoy cooling off there and can drink at will, which will allow you to take less charge. Note that even if there is water present on your trip, it will be necessary to bring a bowl and water for your companion.

  • To walk safely with a dog, the leash can sometimes be very cumbersome, especially when it is necessary to use both hands (difficult passages, use of walking sticks, etc.). ONE harness with adjustable straps will allow you to be attached to the animal through an elastic leash attached to a harness placed on the dog’s body. A harness is preferable to a belt because the entire pelvis is worn and the traction is better distributed. A belt can get in the way or even hurt if you carry a backpack.

    Note that the leash must be perfectly adapted to the animal’s body and must have been used in advance to accustom the dog before it goes out on a very long path. An unsuitable harness can cause injuries and even joint injuries. The ‘T’ belt should be avoided because it blocks the free movement of the shoulders during traction.

  • If you go for several days, choose a packing bag, a kind of dog backpack that allows him to carry about 10% of his weight. Again, the animal should be familiarized with this equipment before hiking.

  • Faced with heat, the dog regulates its temperature by breathing. Moisten his paws, stomach and the skin of his thighs will be an effective way to update it.

The common pleasure, the respect for the dog and the environment, the food, the adapted material, is for the sporty dog ​​the key to the success of a beautiful hike.

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