GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KREX) – “The most important thing is to keep safety in mind for you and the dog,” says search and rescue volunteer Micah Berg. When you’re hiking with your dog, it’s important to keep an eye out for other hikers, as well as hazards that you don’t think of on your own.
“Like cacti and snakes. On these trails here as beautiful as they are, there are a lot of mountain bikes, and I’ve seen dogs almost get run over by a mountain bike,” said Jeanine Camp, a search and rescue volunteer.
It’s also important to be aware of the cliff when running with your pet and don’t try to chase after a dog if it falls off the cliff.
Camp added: “Every year we either have to rescue a dog or retrieve a dog that has fallen off a cliff, and that’s no fun at all.”
The biggest piece of advice search and rescue volunteers find useful is to control your dog.
“You have to have your dog on a leash, or a long line, or some kind of harness,” Camp said.
Voice control of your dog also goes a long way.
Camp said, “Where you can call your dog, have a really good callback to come to your side.”
If you are an avid hiker, a snake avoidance course wouldn’t be a bad idea.
“They have classes every year and you can teach your pet how to avoid a snake,” Camp recalls.
All the essentials you would need for yourself, keep that in mind with the dog.
Camp added: “Supplies for the dog. Water, protection for you and the dog.
In simpler terms. A dog is man’s best friend, so treat it that way. even when you’re hitting the trails.