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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Venture out on a leash. It’s safer for your dog and it’s often the rule.
- 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!
- Remember trail etiquette like pack out your dog’s poop, yield other users, and stay on the trail.
- 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 recreateresponsibly.org.