Tips on getting your four-footed friend ready for hiking

October is national adopt-a-dog month, according to the American Humane Association, the perfect time to pick up a new hiking partner. But before you hit the trail it’s vital that you prepare your pup.

Start with a simple 5-mile stroll. A test hike. He passed, and now you’re on to something a little tougher.

This, say veterinarians, is a good approach. “You need to bring them along slowly.”

Not only do dogs need to get into shape, but they need to toughen up their feet to handle the rigors of longer and tougher trips.

Your dog probably loves playing in the outdoors as much as you do, but just like hiking with your two-legged friends, things can get ugly if you aren’t prepared.

Here are some recommendations…


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