Lately on the trails I’ve seen a lot of things that make me shake my head and think about why we can’t be more respectful to each other and this beautiful planet. So here are my top 3 trail etiquette tips I believe every dog owner should follow:
- It should be well known that it is polite to move to the side to let others pass, but I think it’s so important for dog owners. Some people on the trail aren’t comfortable with dogs, and even though I think those people are straight crazy (I kid… kind of), they should feel just as comfortable in the outdoors as you do. So pull your dog to the side, and if your pup isn’t trail trained, make sure to keep a hand firmly on their collar or leash.
2. Follow the leave no trace guidelines and pick up after your dog! Dog bags are so small and you can get a little carrying case for them, so there really isn’t a good excuse for not bringing some with you on the trail. Pick up any garbage you have from their treats (or your own).
3. Don’t have a water break on the trail. Especially on busy trails. Find a spot to the side for any break. Again, some people aren’t comfortable with an adorable fluff butt mutt, and wont want to try and pass when your dog is smack dab in the middle of the trail.
Just remember, we need to share the outdoors with others and it’s better if we just all get along and make the experience great for everyone.
Thanks for reading along,
Miranda + Loki