Make sure you have all the necessary gear for your hike, including food, water, bowls, poop bags, and a leash. You may also want to consider bringing a first-aid kit for your dog.
Choose a hike that is appropriate for your dog's fitness level and experience. Be sure to check the weather forecast and trail conditions before you go.
Keep your dog on a leash at all times, even if they are well-trained. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for hazards such as cliffs, poisonous plants, and other wildlife.
Start your hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Bring plenty of water and take breaks in the shade.
Make sure your dog has a warm coat or sweater to wear. Take breaks to warm up your dog's paws and ears.
Shivering, lethargy, and a weak pulse are all signs of hypothermia in dogs. If you see any of these signs, take your dog to a warm place and give them a blanket or sweater to wear.
Pack out all of your trash, including your dog's waste. Leave the trail in the same condition as you found it.