Hiking with a dog

Hiking with a dog

Walking with a dog is a physical activity that also gives you the opportunity to strengthen the bonds between you and your four-legged friend. It gives both dog and owner a chance to experience nature in a completely new way. When you hike with your dog, you discover the beauty of the surrounding landscape together, creating unforgettable memories.

Whether you're an experienced hiker or just starting to explore the trails, it's important to remember that your dog has its own needs and limitations. Understanding these is key to a successful and enjoyable hike for both of you.

How far can you go?

How far you can walk your dog depends on several factors such as the dog's breed, age, health and fitness level. In general, young, healthy dogs of certain breeds can walk longer distances than older dogs or dogs of less active breeds. It is important to start with shorter walks and gradually increase the distance to build up your dog's fitness.

Watch for signs of tiredness or discomfort in your dog and always be ready to take breaks or shorten the walk if necessary. It is also important to pay attention to the weather and terrain, as these can affect how far your dog can go without becoming exhausted.

Walking with a dog - equipment and packing for the dog

Hiking with a dog requires equipment and packing that you need to plan in advance. When packing for your dog, you need to think about basic needs such as food, water and shelter. A well-packed backpack for your dog should contain essentials that make the walk safe and comfortable for the dog.

Depending on the length of the hike and the conditions you will encounter, the list of equipment may vary. Here are some important things to keep in mind.


A dog-mounted GPS is an invaluable piece of equipment when hiking with your dog, especially in unfamiliar or extensive wilderness areas. This device helps you keep track of your dog's location in real time, which is especially useful if the dog should happen to run away or explore on its own.

We at MiniFinder offer a modern dog GPS that is light, water-resistant and has a long battery life - perfect for those of you who are going on long-distance hikes.

Food and water

During hikes, it is important to make sure that the dog gets enough food and fluids to last the entire hike. Pack enough water and a collapsible bowl for easy access. When it comes to food, you should consider high-quality and nutritious dog food that provides enough energy for the activity. Also consider bringing some extra treats as a reward or to keep your energy up during longer hikes.

First aid

A first aid kit for dogs is an important part of your pack. It should include things like bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers to remove ticks, and any medications your dog regularly needs. It is also good to have knowledge of basic first aid for dogs, so that you can deal with minor injuries, snake bites or discomfort that may arise during the walk.


Paw salve is important to protect your dog's sensitive paws, especially on uneven surfaces or in extreme weather conditions. The paw salve helps prevent cracks and irritation on the paws and can be a savior in a pinch on long hikes. For best protection, you can apply paw salve both before and after the hike.

Dress according to the weather

Dressing correctly is essential for a safe and comfortable hiking experience, both for you and your dog. Make sure your clothing selection is appropriate for the weather conditions and terrain. For yourself, this means the layer-on-layer principle to easily adapt to changing temperatures. Remember to bring rain clothes and extra layers for colder weather - especially if you're hiking in the mountains with your dog.

For your dog, you should consider packing a dog jacket or protective clothing if you are hiking in cold or wet weather. Also, don't forget paw guards or special dog shoes if you will be walking on particularly rough terrain or in snow.

Show consideration for nature, animals and people

Walking with a dog also means a responsibility to show consideration for nature and other animals and people you meet along the way. Keep your dog under control and make sure it does not disturb wildlife or other hikers. Always take the dog's feces with you and avoid letting your dog walk on areas with sensitive vegetation. Show respect for the places you visit by following established rules and directions, and leave the place in the same condition as you found it.

Special rules in nature reserves and national parks

In nature reserves and national parks, special rules often apply, such as compulsory leashing. The rules are there to protect wild animals and their habitat, as well as to ensure a safe environment for all visitors. Being on a leash means that your dog must be on a leash for the entire hike. This prevents the dog from disturbing wildlife and provides a greater sense of security for other hikers.

Make sure you are well informed about the specific rules that apply where you will be walking before you set out to walk your dog. During hunting season, you should also be careful about letting dogs loose in the forest.

Mountain hike with dog

Hiking with a dog is a particularly extraordinary experience that offers magnificent landscapes and unforgettable adventures. However, it requires careful planning and preparation; the mountain terrain can be demanding, and the weather can change quickly. Make sure your dog is well trained, physically prepared and has experience of similar hikes.

When hiking in the mountains with a dog, you should pack appropriate equipment for both you and your dog, including extra food, water, and protection against cold and wet conditions. Always keep an eye on your dog for signs of fatigue or discomfort, and be prepared to adjust your walking schedule to ensure your dog's well-being.

Tent or cabin?

The choice between sleeping in a tent or cabin while hiking with your dog should be based on factors such as previous hiking experience of both you and your dog, which season you plan to hike in, weather conditions, and your dog's comfort and temperament.

  • Hiking with a dog and a tent gives a sense of adventure and closeness to nature, but requires more planning regarding equipment and food. It can also be a challenge in harsher weather conditions.
  • Choosing a cabin can offer more comfort and shelter, especially during cooler months. It may also be a better option for dogs that are not used to sleeping outdoors.
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