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Be a Responsible Rover

Posted on Jun 21, 2021 in Conservation News, WA Wild Blog

Many adventure pups call Washington home. If you and your furry friend are venturing outside this summer, be sure to recreate responsibly!

By implementing a few practical tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable time for you, your 4-legged friend, and all trail users.

  1. Research the forecast, trail reports, and where dogs are welcome. Not sure where to start? Check out the Washington Trails Association for trail reports and inspiration.
  2. Own dog-specific gear like poop bags, water bowl, first aid, treats, and ID tags. Make sure you and your pup stay hydrated, even on cloudy days!
  3. Venture out on a leash. It’s safer for your dog and it’s often the rule.
  4. Explore at your pup’s fitness level because they need to build endurance just like their humans. Pay attention to elevation gain and grade, not just mileage!
  5. Remember trail etiquette like pack out your dog’s poop, yield other users, and stay on the trail.
  6. Stay safe and make good choices because getting exhausted, lost, or injured is ruff on everyone.

Washington Wild is a proud member of the Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition. For more information, visit