Hiking With Dogs

Backpacker-approved tips, tricks and gear picks to help you and your canine companion enjoy the trail together
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Backpacker-approved tips, tricks and gear picks to help you and your canine companion enjoy the trail together
Hiking dog

Your dog loves hiking as much as you do. Probably more, actually. (Photo by Jon Roig/Flickr)

Your dog loves to hike as much as you do. If you're a pet parent, you probably already know that—just look at how fido acts when he sees the leash come out. But hiking with dogs isn't always as simple as packing the treats and hitting the trail, especially if you're planning to bring your pooch on a multi-day backpacking trip. Get prepared with the skills, gear, and know-how you need to make your first canine overnight a successful one.

Dog Hiking Skills

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Prep for your first-ever trip, get ready to take your adventures to the next level, or get answers to the questions you didn't even know you had with these collections of advice for hiking with dogs.

The Beginner's Guide to Hiking With Dogs

How to Keep Your Dogs Safe on the Trail

Camping With Dogs in Bear Country

Should I Acclimatize My Dog?

First Aid for Dogs

Keep Your Dog Fueled on the Trail

Winterize Your Dog

The Best Outdoor Dog Breeds

Adorable, protective, and descendants from a long line of rough-and-tumble herders, Blue Heelers are bad to the bone. They’ll give you a run for your money with their high energy and tenacious spirit. [image: Michael McCullough/Flickr]

Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler [image : Michael McCullough/Flickr]

You don't need a Westminster-ready dog to enjoy hiking with a canine companion. But some dog breeds were born for the trail—literally. Meet our top ten, from blue heelers to Burnese mountain dogs, to Siberian huskies.

Dog Hiking Gear

[photo: phunkstarr / Flickr

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Booties? Fitness-tracking gadgets? A dog bed so compressible you can fit it in your pack? We've tried it all to find the best gear for backpackers planning on hiking with dogs. Peruse our favorites to find something your canine will love.

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