Hiking up a nature trail with your dog can probably be one of the most enjoyable times you can have with your dog. All dog breeds love to go out and explore and what better way than to take him on a nature hike with you. When you do go out hiking with your furry companion you really need to make sure that you keep him safe at all times.
No matter how tempted you are, how empty the trail is you are on and how much he might want to, never let him off his leash. Hiking out in the great outdoors is an exhilarating thing for your dog but it is also a very dangerous place for your dog especially if you don't keep him on his leash. Keeping him on his leash will keep him from getting lost, falling or even getting bit by a rattlesnake.
Both of you need to stay on the trails and paths that are marked. It's never a good idea to go off those official paths, no matter how experienced of a hiker you are. There are reasons why they have specific paths that they want you to stick with and you really don't need to know the reasons. Just avoid any paths that are not marked or seem to be not kept up very good.
Make sure that you bring a backpack with you if this is going to be an all day hike. You are going to want to make sure that you have lots of water and food for the both of you packed in it. If your hike is tough one it will not only zap you of your energy and make you dehydrated, it's going to do the same thing to your dog.
Another important thing that you need to pack in your backpack is a first aid kit. You should always make sure than when you are out hiking that you have a basic kit with you for you and your dog. You can never know when something might happen to either one of you where you might need to take care of a sting or a cut while you are on your hike. A first aid kit could even be important enough to save your life.
Before you go on your hike, make sure you have checked to what the weather is going to be like where you are going. The last thing you want to do is to be taking a hike with the threat of heavy rain or snow. You definitely don't want to get caught on a trail in a huge thunder storm.
You should also make sure that you pay attention to the weather while you are hiking. If you start seeing signs of inclement weather on the horizon then it's probably best that you end your trip for the day and go do something else with your dog.
Safety Note: Never go hiking in extremely hot weather or extremely cold weather and make sure that you have extra clothing in case the weather changes. This way you will be protected for the trip back.