Hiking with Your Durham Dog – Tips and Trails – Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sittersHiking with your Durham dog is a great way to bond with your pet. Before you take in the great outdoors, there are a few things that you need.

Basic First Aid Kit

Dogs and people are prone to injury especially while being more active. Although it’s cold out now, when it’s warm you also have to think about bees, snakes, and other critters that will be trying to take a bite out of you.

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Dog Food And Treats

Pack more than your dog would normally consume because they will be burning more calories out on the trail!

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Water and Water Bowl

Dogs need clean water just like us! Don’t expect for there to be any on the trail.


Even if it’s not required for the place that you will be hiking, it’s a good idea to have them.

Insect Repellent

Some pets as well as people can have negative reactions to certain repellents. Look for signs of drowsiness, lethargy, or nausea.

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ID Tags

Dogs get lost all the time so make sure you don’t forget them!

Dog Booties

Dogs footpads need some protection against the trail. Dogs can get sore feet from the rugged terrain.

Compact Roll

Even on a short hike, be prepared to remove or bury dog waste. Carry it out or bury it, according to what is most appropriate to the area.

Here are some of the best places around here (Durham, NC) to hike with your dog.

Eno State Park

This one is my favorite! With nearly 28 miles of trails, Eno River State Park provides hours of fun and adventure. Choose from trails that follow the Eno River or that take you deep into the forest. Dogs are allowed on all trails, but must remain leashed.  Click here to watch my on-site video with more info!

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Inspiration Trail

Inspiration Trail is an easy 0.6 mile hike in William B. Umstead State Park that will take about 20 minutes to complete. This trail is great if you are in a hurry or if your pup doesn’t do well on longer hikes. You won’t have to worry about bicycles or horses, since this trail is limited to foot traffic. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Sal’s Branch Trail

Sal’s Branch Trail is an easy, 2.75 mile hike that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This park is a nice retreat for city dwellers to run, fish, picnic, boat, bike, and hike. Bikes are not allowed on this trail, so you will have plenty of room to stay by your pup. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Where’s YOUR favorite place to hike with your dog?  Comment, below!

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