· Pack all the essentials like a first aid kit for you and your dog, along with the rest of my Pack List for Adventures guide.
· Don’t go on these thing solo dolo. If trouble strikes, things are going to be safer with help. Buuuut if you truly insist on going alone (which again, I do not advise) alert the presses. Tell a few people where you are going so people at least know where to find you and of course bring your phone.
· Be prepared for anything and any weather. We live in Colorado people, you never know what’s going to happen. As far as being disaster prepped there’s honestly not much you can do other than bring your first aid kit and be mentally prepared for any scenario. As far as weather goes, I’ll frequently pack a light jacket for myself and for my dog.
· As my dad has taught me since I was six, always be aware of your surroundings. See some angry storm clouds in the distance? Turn back. See a man in the middle of the woods that’s giving you some serial killer vibes? Haul back. Look out for animals stalking you, like maybe bigfoot or anything else you could possibly think of that you should be aware of.
· Keep your dog leashed… unless it says it’s an off leash area. If you are a regular reader of mine I know you’ve been waiting for this one.
· Don’t be stupid. If you are going without your dog then feel free to make what ever stupid decision you feel at your own risk. But don’t make your poor dog do stupid things with you. For example: If there’s an area that says no trespassing or trail closed don’t trespass. It’s probably for a good reason like the trail’s not safe or maybe there is an ancient aboriginal tribe that lives in there that likes to sacrifice people and dogs. Hey. You never know man.
- If it is a common place for bears, mountain lions or anything of that nature you can put bells around your dog’s neck to ward them off. I’d imagine it’d get annoying as hell but it’d do the trick. You can also clap really loud every now and then too.
· Know your dog’s limits. If they are old, out of shape, or have health conditions don’t bring them on anything out of their league.
· Lastly, check them when you get home. Look for fleas, ticks, cuts or any other injuries.