PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Hiking with your furry best friend is a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise.
It's so important to be sure both you and your dog are safe so you can have the best experience possible.
-Protect your dog's paws: Make sure your dog's paws are protected either by using a special balm or using dog shoes. It may take a while for your dog to get used to shoes, but once they do they'll be free to tackle any terrain.
-Keep your pet cool: Be sure to bring enough water for both you and your dog on any hike. Be sure to bring a portable water bowl for your dog for easy drinking. This one from JustRoughinIt.com is $14.50 and holds 1 liter of water. You can also keep your dog cool with this awesome Ruffwear Swamp Cooler harness. Just soak in water and wring it out and place on your dog. The light-colored fabric reflects solar radiation while evaporative cooling pulls heat from your dog. Find it for $59.95 at JustRoughinIt.com
-Keep your dog on a leash at all times: It's so important to keep your dog on a leash so that your pet doesn't get lost or get into a run-in with another animal or dog on the trail. Dogs are natural predators but can be prey to larger animals on trails. Keep your buddy safe and with you at all times.
-Don't hike in the heat!: In the coming summer months, even with all the precautions to keep your dog's paws protected and to keep him cool, it's still not safe to hike with your dog when the temperature gets too high. In fact, it's illegal to take your dog on Phoenix trails when the temperature hits 100 degrees.
If you want to get outdoors with your dog this summer, head up north for some fun water hikes!
-Pick up poop: Always pick up your dog's poop on the trail! There's nothing worse than stepping in a random poop pile while on a hike. Always carry bags with you to keep the trail clean. Check out this handy Go & Stow poop carrier from JustRoughinIt.com for $19.95. It keeps the poop bag contained and out of sight when there's no trash can around until you can find one and is hand-washable.
Hope you have a pawsitively fun and safe hike with your best buddy!