Be Mindful of Your Dog’s Temperament
Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, sometimes it is difficult to change our dog’s temperament. We invest in training, watch YouTube videos, implement our own techniques, but are still unable to make our dogs warm up to other humans/dogs. If this is the case with your pooch and you are aware of it, keep a muzzle on them while you hike. One bite on another animal could lead to a huge medical expense, and even bigger headache.
Give Hikers the Right of Way
It can be difficult to assess which direction your dog will step next. One minute they could be walking in a straight line the next they could beeline in front of another hiker. Rather than worry about a potential misstep, give other hikers the right of way. Step to the side when someone approaches or if someone is trying to pass you up.
Control Your Dog
Even if your dog is on a leash, they can still interfere with other hikers. I’ve been on plenty of trails where owners let their dogs jump on me playfully, laughing beneath their breath. Luckily, I am a dog lover. Other people, not so much. Be cognizant of this, and realize not every person will be OK and accepting of your dog jumping on them. Especially while they hike.