If you live somewhere that has seasons, and you’re currently at the end of winter, you’re probably noticing the weather getting a bit more amenable to outdoor adventuring with your pup. If your creativity is flagging, but you want to find some new places to explore, here are three ideas to get you started.
This app and website allows you to search for hiking trails by a whole host of different criteria, including filtering for length, difficulty, type (out and back or loop) and – most importantly – dog-friendliness! It’s a great way to find new places to explore. Often there are photos with the listings, to help give you an idea of what sights you’ll see, as well as reviews from previous visitors. Get those hiking boots on, grab your pooch’s favorite dog walking harness and head out!
Ask a Dog Pro
No one has their finger on the pulse of an area’s nearby hikes and outings like a dog professional: veterinarians and technicians, groomers, sitters, walkers, trainers, and even pet store employees often have great recommendations for hidden gems you can enjoy with your pup. If it’s a place they go themselves, they will also likely be able to tell you whether you’re likely to encounter off-leash dogs, skunks, or other things you might want to avoid on your trip.
If particularly love a spot recommended by a pet pro, don’t forget to report back and tell them how much you loved it! They’ll be thrilled to have helped.
We may not all love social media, but it does give us new and exciting ways to connect to like-minded folks. If you’d like to find a dog walking or hiking group near you, there may already be a group for that! Just poke around online and see what you can find. Meetup is a great way to encounter people who want to do the same activities that interest you. Some clubs even have Facebook groups that will keep you updated about when and where their next gathering is. This only works for dog-and-human-sociable dogs, of course! But if you’re curious about a trail and aren’t ready to bring your dog to a group event, ask if it’s OK to come solo, so you can scope out the spot and keep it in mind for next time.
Happy adventuring, everyone!