If you've been following my blog, you know that mom and I like to hike. A LOT. We haven't been posting as much about our hikes lately, but we've actually been hiking more than ever.
|Posing for a photo during a hike of the flood wall|
We enjoy hiking because we both love being outside and moving. I get to really be a dog when I'm hiking, and mom gets a break from stuff, and we both get great exercise.
But we don't just hike with each other. We lead hikes with other people and dogs because we love getting other dogs out and showing them a great time, and showing people the awesome trails we have right in our own city. Mom and I have been leading our Dog Scout troop hikes for a while now, and we recently started leading hikes for a Meetup group called Canine Adventure's Human Adventure. If you live in or near Richmond, Virginia (or if you happen to be passing through), you could come join us!
|Can you believe this is in the city?|
Hiking with others is a GREAT way to exercise for both dogs and humans because it's FUN. It's also a wonderful way for dogs to socialize. A lot of dogs who aren't comfortable with other dogs in a dog park-type setting are very happy hiking with other dogs.
Hiking is also pretty easy to do. You don't need any special equipment to go hiking other than a good pair of shoes (or hiking boots if you plan to hike on steep trails with uneven footing). Mom always carries a daypack with a dog first aid kit and a human first aid kit, water for both of us, and a water bowl.
If you don't know the trails, start by hiking with a group such as a local Dog Scout troop or Meetup group. Exchange numbers or emails with people you meet on the hikes and arrange your own hikes once you know the trails.
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