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Hiking with Your Dog Tips

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
May 14, 2020

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The beautiful scenery of Utah is calling your name and you must go, and you want to take your dog. Here’s a few tips from Salt Lake County Animal Services on how to make sure you and your pup have a successful adventure.

Before You Go:

  • Can your dog hike in the area you want to go explore? Many areas in Utah are declared a watershed, which means dogs are not allowed, such as Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Most national parks or monuments do not allow pets on trails.
  • Prepare your dog for long hikes, they need to build up physical endurance, if not your dog could collapse on the trail or injure themselves.
  • Trail manners! Make sure your dog is accustomed to having strangers or other dogs approach while on a trail. You will likely pass others on your trek; aggressive behavior could put a quick end to your adventure. Be aware other hikers or dogs, may not be dog friendly either. If they yell to ask you to put your dog on leash, please respect their request, it’s often for both your safety.
  • Wildlife & Vegetation. Respect the animals that live in the forest and recognize the dangers that your dog may encounter: moose, rattlesnakes, open range cattle, poisonous vegetation, or stagnant water.


Hiking Supplies:

  • Poop bags
  • A collar with ID tags and a sturdy 6-foot leash
  • A water supply and a portable water bowl
  • Dog food and/or snacks
  • A pet first aid kit.
  • Pet-safe insect repellent
  • Dog booties for hiking in rough terrain