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"Hiking with a friend is one of the more enjoyable activities for those who relish exploring nature. Many travelers schedule their trips to national and state parks around available hikes. For most outdoor lovers, even an impromptu excursion on a local trail is a stress-relieving exercise. Those of us with canines are always looking for dog-friendly hikes, as we’d like to include them in our outings."
Good places to hike with your dog include areas that are safe and free from distraction. Busy roadways or locations fraught with wildlife or other domestic animals could cause your pet distress. They may chase a squirrel or provoke the neighbor’s dog into a bark fest. These distractions could also make it more challenging to control them on a leash.
Some trails are off-limits to dogs, and that rule exists for numerous reasons. The most frustrating is because pet owners don’t actively pick up after their dogs, so some property owners that once allowed hiking with your dog had to overrule their permissions. Those hikers ruined the trail for other dog owners by not taking responsibility for their pets.
Online Search If you know specific travel destinations, the best way to see if hikes are dog friendly will be to look up that location’s website or governing organization online. Most businesses realize that many of us travel with our pets, and they offer detailed rules with the amenities you might find at their site.
If you know where you are going, AllTrails.com can help you find dog friendly hikes near you. Type in the destination, and the massive database will provide hiking trails close to your location. The trail descriptions are specific, providing the length of the hike, its difficulty, and the time it might take to complete.
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