Hiking with your dog and Our Favorite trails
As we tie our shoelaces and venture into the great outdoors, hiking with your dog becomes a celebration not only of nature’s beauty but also of the profound connection we share with our furry companions. This activity not only revitalizes our bodies and souls but also strengthens the bond between us and the natural world.
Before you pack and go for your hiking adventure with your dog, there are a few important things you need to consider for a safe and fun adventure:
1- Choose Pet-Friendly Trails and Check Regulations:
Before embarking on your journey, carefully select trails suitable for dogs. Research any restrictions or challenging terrains that may pose difficulties for your pet.
Ensure the chosen trail permits dogs, and be mindful of specific regulations or leash laws in the area. For a helpful guide, we recommend using the Wikiloc App to locate popular trails.
2- Keep Your Dog Leashed:
Regardless of your dog’s training, it’s crucial to keep them on a leash, especially in areas with wildlife or other hikers. This not only ensures their safety but also prevents potential conflicts, inappropriate interactions, or accidents.
3- Pack Dog Essentials:
Equip yourself with items such as doggy waste bags, a pet first aid kit, and any necessary medications. Additionally, bring a towel to clean off muddy paws before heading back to the car.
4- Bring Adequate Water:
Dogs can become dehydrated swiftly, so pack enough water for both you and your furry friend. Portable dog bowls are convenient for providing easy water access.
5- Check the Weather:
Consider weather conditions before setting out. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can be uncomfortable or even hazardous for your dog. Adjust your plans accordingly. Here are 6 top tips for keeping your dog cool in hot weather!
6- ID and Microchip:
Ensure your dog has proper identification, including a collar with an ID tag and a microchip. In case of separation, these measures significantly increase the chances of a safe reunion. You might also explore the option of a location tag.
7- Protect Against Fleas and Ticks:
Apply a vet-approved flea and tick preventative, especially if venturing into wooded or grassy areas. Check your dog for ticks after the hike. Looking for an all-natural solution to preventing fleas and ticks?
8- Watch for Signs of Fatigue:
Be attentive to your dog’s energy levels. If they appear tired or lag behind, take breaks and, if necessary, consider turning back. Some dogs may be more susceptible to exhaustion than others.
9- Leave No Trace:
Adhere to the principles of “Leave No Trace” by cleaning up after your dog. Properly dispose of waste in designated containers or bags to preserve the environment for future hikers and wildlife.
10- Train for Recall:
Ensure your dog responds reliably to recall commands. This skill is crucial when encountering other animals or situations requiring a prompt return.
11- Respect Wildlife:
Maintain a safe distance from wildlife, and discourage your dog from chasing or approaching animals. This not only ensures your dog’s safety but also contributes to the well-being of the local fauna.
Our favorite Dog Friendly Hiking trails:
1- Jebel Jais – the Highest Point in the UAE
Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais, at 1,934 meters tall, usually records temperatures that are 10°C cooler on average than other popular landmarks across the country.
- Hiking at Jebel Jais
- Trail name: Ghaf Summit
- Trail distance: 4.3 KM
- Difficulty: Moderate
You can start from the viewing deck park until you reach the north or south summit which is a 4.3KM hike including a rest area and 4 viewing points where you can rest and take few pictures with the dogs.
Things to consider:
- Consider having shoes for your dogs as some stones are sharp
- Have lots of water and energy bar or some snacks
- It gets cold in the early morning, consider wearing gloves to keep your hands warm
- Always keep some first aid kit with you
Jebel Jais offers the opportunity for travelers and residents looking for outdoor adventures and diverse scenery at significantly cooler temperatures than at sea level, and incredible views of the stunning Ras Al Khaimah landscape
2- Samar Trail – Ras Al Khaimah
Difficulty: Moderate, 6.5 KM Hike
The trail starts nice and easy on the dog’s paws. After approximately 3 KM the uphill part starts and will continue until you reach about 5 KM for some amazing views at the highest point of this hike (798 M).
The path is very well marked and obvious. Look for the white and red signs along the way. You can always check wikiloc as well for extra safety.
3- 7 Summits Fujairah
Difficulty: Easy 2 KM Hike
The pet friendly hike trail is very well marked and you can explore each one of the 7 forts. Some parts are a bit steep, so take it easy.
It’s a fun trail not only for dogs but also for kids, and since it’s such a small distance you can pair that with other activity in the area (we highly recommend to go check the nearby Al Hayl Castle).
You can park next to the flag park, but please be aware that dogs are not allowed in it, even if the grass looks awesome and they really want to go. Be aware of the rules
4- Wadi Sulfur – Fujairah
Easy 4 KM Hike
It’s wadi sulphur walk that includes some fun bouldering that we love. For low confidence dogs this might be a challenge, but a good challenge, so take the time to help your dog overcome each boulder.
At the beginning of the hike, you will find many pools that are just gorgeous. Their coloration comes from the Sulfur. Your dog might swim and drink from this pools and nothing happened to her (no vomit or diarrhea) but if your dog has a sensitive stomach or skin you might want to avoid them going in.
After the pools, the fun bouldering starts. Always check your dog paws after each boulder, they sometimes can rip a nail in the process of jumping. Around 2.5 KM in through the hike, there is a big hole that Ginger easily finds her way around
As we traverse the trails on this special day and throughout the year, let’s also reflect on the benefits of hiking for both us and our dogs. The physical exercise, the mental stimulation, and the sheer delight of discovering the world together contribute to a healthier and happier life for all involved.
Dog Friendly Hiking Essentials
2- VEST HARNESS
3- KIBBLE CARRIER
4- DOG TREAT BAG
5- COLLAPSIBLE FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
6- DOG HIKING BOOTS
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