When it comes to getting back to nature and exploring the wide blue yonder, few have more firsthand experience than Andrew Skurka, who was named “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic Adventurer. The 32-year old Skurka has covered more than 30,000 miles during his many notable excursions around the globe, and he spoke exclusively with Yahoo! on May 14 to provide tips for hiking with your dog.
The most important tool to bring along when you hit the trail with Fido, according to Skurka, is your brain. Be smart, and “understand your limits… [which] will help you prevent a lot of problems preemptively.”
He went on to name several “key essentials” for dog owners to include on a pre-hike checklist. Included were a sturdy collar, a harness, and a leash, as well as good knowledge of the local leash laws. Hikers should also bring along a copy of the dog’s up-to-date identification papers, as well as plenty of food and water.
Dog owners should also be sure to poke their heads outdoors to check out the temperature and relative humidity before heading out for the day. Be mindful of potential “environmental challenges” and pack pest control products if you plan to be in an area that’s home to mosquitoes, and sun screen if your dog is fair-skinned, since dogs, like humans, can suffer sunburns.
Finally, consider the quality of the turf you’ll be traveling. To prevent the scratched, sore paws that can result from treks down rocky trails, Skurka suggested investing in a pair of doggie booties.
To purchase any of the canine hiking essentials suggested by Skurka, visit Petco online or a local brick and mortar store. For more information on Skurka’s adventures, check out his website .