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Hiking 101: Exploring with Your Puppy 

Staff Writer, Ebony Montgomery

I would like to introduce you to my puppy, Rye.  I adopted her back in April.  She is a fantastic companion and has endless energy.  If you have ever had a puppy, you certainly understand that they need plenty of exercise.  This works out well for me because I love to take her everywhere that I go. 

One of our favorite activities to do together is hiking.  We go hiking 2-3 days most weeks.  As a new puppy owner, I have learned quite a bit, and I’d like to share some of that with you today.  

Start Slow 

If you are like me and still have a puppy, remember that they are just babies.  They may seem like they have a lot of energy but can quickly become overwhelmed on a long walk.  Take plenty of breaks and be sure to pay attention to their hydration and reaction to the temperature.   

What to Pack 

Here is a shortlist of items that I am always sure to pack every time that Rye and I go hiking.   

  1. Lots of water 
  2. A Portable Bowl 
  3. Treats/Dog Food  
  4. Plastic Bags for well…you know 
  5. A Chew Toy 
  6. A Towel, Rye loves to jump into any water 
  7. Dog Sunscreen 

Whenever I start packing her bag, Rye gets super excited.  She knows that we are about to go on an adventure.  

How does this compare to your checklist?  Let me know if I forgot anything.   

Be Ready to Explore 

This is the best part!  EVERYTHING in the world is still so exciting and new to Rye.  She finds smells, and other animals the most intriguing.  When you take your dog for a hike, be sure to take in the moment with them.  It is important to not be in a rush and to let them discover their surroundings.  Be patient, and soak in everything as if you were in your dogs position.  Nature is a lot more fun that way.   

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