From choosing the right breed to buying the right gear, here’s what you need to know. First step: the seven fundamentals of canine wilderness etiquette.
ADVENTURE TRAINING 101
1. When you’re packing into a campsite, your dog should carry its own food and water. If you’re in a leave-no-trace area, it should also pack out its own waste.
2. Which reminds us: pick up your dog’s poop anytime it’s visible from the trail.
3. Dogs generally overheat much faster than humans. If you’re hungry or thirsty, chances are your dog is, too.
4. You aren’t the only one who can get injured. If you’re headed into the backcountry, pack a pet first-aid kit.
5. If the terrain you’re trekking through is rough and jagged, check periodically for cuts and scrapes on paws. Spray-on remedies, like 3M Pet Care’s Liquid Bandage ($7), work well in a pinch.
6. If your dog comes when it’s called within two commands, doesn’t chase wildlife, and never jumps on or runs directly at other people, it can be off-leash. Otherwise, keep it tethered.
7. It’s never too late to train your dog.