3. Be courteous to others.
This includes people, their dogs, equestrians, their horses, and other wildlife. If excessive barking is a problem, for instance, you might need to work with your dog before bringing him on the trail. Loud noises can spook small children, other dogs and horses. The last of which can be dangerous for all parties involved, including you and Spot. Yield to hikers, bikers, and horses.
4. Beware of bicyclists.
To keep both dog and bicyclist safe, guide your dog to your right, toward the edge of the trail, when bikers are coming from behind on your left. If your dog has a tendency to chase after bicyclists, you should keep him on a shorter leash around them.
5. Always ask dog owners for permission before approaching.
Like people, pups' personalities vary very widely. Some love making new canine friends. Others are more wary. The person who'd be able to advice you best is the owner. Even if Spot is friendly, ask before approaching to make sure the encounter doesn't escalate to aggression.
Depending on the length of your hike, you might want to bring along some snacks as well. Dogs should be kept hydrated and happy. Bringing your own water also saves you the headache of finding a water source and purifying it. If your dog seems especially tired, maybe it's time for a water break.
7. Just in case, bring a first-aid kit.
It doesn't have to be extensive, just some essentials, including gauze pads, antiseptic and bandaging in case your pooch gets hurt.
8. Always, always pick up after your dog.
Your four-legged friend has business to do, and it's your business to pick it up. Or you can bury it - just keep it away from the trail and water sources.
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