05/04/2012 10:43 am ET

Hiking With Dogs: Tips For Taking A Nature Walk With Your Pet

From Vetstreet's Arden Moore:

Eager to amp up your daily walks and expose your dog to new sights, sounds and smells? Take a hike!

Hiking offers many benefits to both dog and owner, including a great cardiovascular workout and a healthy way to combat stress.

In the past few years, my dogs, Chipper and Cleo, and I have trekked up and down small mountains, as well as taken weekend camping trips in dog-friendly nature preserves throughout California and Arizona.

Getting Prepared
But before you lace up your own hiking boots, there are some things that you need to know to keep your hike fun and safe for your pet.

Vetstreet turned to Dr. Christine Zink, DVM, Ph.D., a veterinarian who specializes in canine sports medicine in Baltimore, Md., for her top tips for getting the most out of a hike with your pup.

List and captions courtesy of Vetstreet

5 Tips For Hiking With Your Dog

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