Having the right gear can make year-round adventuring with your dog all the more fun. Here are 7 things to bring when hiking with your dog.

1. Leash

Not only are leash laws enforced on most hiking trails, but keeping your dog leashed helps protect you and your four-legged friend from the dangers of wildlife like moose and bears. Even if your dog is well-behaved, respect others on the trail by keeping your dog on a leash and harness.

Dog Photo Credit: Ken Bosma (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Ken Bosma (Flickr).

2. Bags

Cleaning up after your four-legged friend on the trails is a must. Not only is this part of being a responsible pet owner, but its proper trail etiquette. Carry waste bags for easy and clean pickup!

3. Snacks

Most dogs love treats, especially after a long walk out on the trail. Make hiking more enjoyable and keep your pooch energized by packing treats, snacks, and kibbles.

Dog Photo Credit: Mega Hammond (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Mega Hammond (Flickr).

4. Extra Water

Don’t forget to carry extra water on the trail for your thirsty pup. Although there’s often plenty of streams and creeks around for drinking water, it’s better to bring more water than you need. Collapsible bowls are also great for hiking with your four-legged friends!

5. Jacket

Dogs get cold too! Pack a jacket or sweater for your dog to stay warm and safe in the winter temperatures, especially for long trails or backpacking trips. You can even protect your dog’s feet from ice and snow with dog boots, socks, and shoes.

6. Doggy Backpack

No free rides on the trail! With doggy backpacks like ruffwear, your pup can carry his very own hiking gear. Fill your dog’s backpack with everything he needs including water, food, bowls, and waste bags. Shop backpacks and hiking gear for your furry-friend right here.

Dog Photo Credit: Dion Hinchcliffe (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Dion Hinchcliffe (Flickr).

7. First Aid Kit

Safety first! Bring a doggy first aid kit in case of an emergency. A good first aid kit for pups should contain antibiotic ointment, gauze, scissors, tape, rubber gloves, and any other necessities.