Remember, when hiking or taking long walks there can be sharp rocks or even glass, so consider putting booties on your dog.
Know the area and choose a path that is frequented by other dogs. This will ensure that the trail is conducive to a fun hike instead of a dangerous trip. Be alert and watch for insects, mold, poisonous plants, ticks, mosquitoes, bird droppings, mold spores, fungi, snakes and spiders.
Consider purchasing a doggie backpack that has pockets and room for an extra water bottle, booties, poop bags, flea /tick protection, a natural insecticide and a snack. Also include a small first aid kit with elasticized bandage, medical tape, band aids, antibiotic ointment and a roll of gauze.
Be particularly cautious if you have a brachycephalic or short nosed dog, as these dogs cannot thermoregulate appropriately and may overheat and suffer from heatstroke, exhaustion or even death.