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Hunting and Hiking Season: Top Tips for Dog Owners

The leaves are changing, and the air is crisp! Fall might be one of our shortest seasons but it’s definitely a favourite. With temperatures beginning to cool, it’s no surprise that your pup is happy spending longer periods outdoors exploring.

As owners, we’re making the transition to hiking and hunting season – time outside has become increasingly precious with COVID-19 limitations – and it’s important we’re aware of each other in shared spaces.

If you and your dog aren’t the hunting types but love to explore wooded areas, here are some safety tips/resources to protect yourself, your pup, and other hikers!

Do Your Research

Most provincial, state and national parks prohibit hunting to ensure the safety of hikers. But if you’re in unmarked areas, it’s essential to be aware and take the right precautions.

If you’re in Ontario or other surrounding regions in Canada or the U.S., use online resources to get informed about what type of hunting activity is taking place in your area.

Take the Right Precautions

Some purebred dogs are notorious for following their noses on the trails, but even if your dog is well trained and needs some off-leash activity, it’s not worth the risk during hunting season. Ensure that your pup is close to you at all times and that you’re both wearing universal “hunter orange” gear for high visibility.

You can also purchase other accessories for your dog like flashing LED lights, tags and bells for the collar. Not only will these stand out to anyone you’re sharing the trails with, but you’ll also be able to keep a good eye on your dog should they run.

Protect Your Dog from Tick Bites

We encourage all dog owners to be aware of ticks year-round, but the fall can be an especially worrisome time for ticks as you move through the brush. Make sure you’re taking proper tick prevention measures and diligently checking yourself and your dog every time you finish outdoor play/activities.

Fall Safety Tips for Purebred Dogs

All in all, it’s important we take the proper measures every season when it comes to keeping our furry friends safe. Whether you’re hunting or hiking, let’s take responsibility for ourselves and others by being aware of shared spaces at all times.

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