Hiking is a favorite for most people. What’s even better, though, is hiking with your dog! Nine times out of ten, you will never catch me out on a trail without my dog. Hiking with her has become our “thing”. There’s so many benefits when it comes to hiking with man’s best friend, and I’m here to tell you them!
First off, hiking with your dog creates a special bond. Oftentimes, we get into the routine of life and forget the importance of breaking that routine. The same is for your dog. If you only hang out with your dog at the house, that time spent together loses its importance. Just like families need bonding time, so do animals and their owners. Therefore, it’s so important to get out and do things out of the norm with your dog.
What about hiking creates a bond? To me, the fact that they have to learn to rely on you to keep them safe creates a companionship. You’re the one that’s holding the leash, and you make the decisions, so they develop trust that you’ll lead them in the right direction. Nothing brings you and your dog closer than by literally being connected with a leash. Your dog will learn to crave one-on-one time out in the woods with you, and you will too. It will become y’all’s “thing” just like my dog and me.
Next, hiking is extremely good for your dog. It not only physically exercises them, but it also mentally drains them. Hiking is so different than taking your dog out in the yard to play ball. The never ending amount of smells and sights keeps your dog’s brain running full speed. Mental stimulation is incredibly important for your dog. Did you know dogs can develop anxiety, OCD, and depression disorders just like us? The best way to prevent that is exercise! Another reason why hiking is good for them is the socialization. Dogs need to be socialized or they could develop aggression issues. Hiking is a stress-free way to get them out and about, helping them adapt to the different social aspects of life.
Lastly, hiking with your dog is just fun! You will always have a hiking buddy no matter what. You’ll get to see them truly enjoy life out on the trails and create so many memories. One of my favorite things to see is my dog picking up random sticks that are too big to be carried. She tries her best to carry them, but it always fails.
Hiking with your dog will always be an adventure. It’s so much fun and full of benefits. Over time, you will begin to see that bond and excitement for one-on-one time being formed. It is so rewarding! Now, every time I pull into the state park, my dog barks out of excitement because she knows what’s about to happen. I hope this educated or encouraged you to get out with your pup and enjoy life with them. Happy hiking!
Do you hike with your dog? Do you have any reasons why you like hiking with your dog?