We are frequently searching for new and interesting places to take our beloved pooches. If like us, you enjoy nothing more than a trip out with your canine buddies but worry about safety then follow our blog, as we are continuously looking for new adventures with the gang.
First up we thought it a good idea to list the things we do before setting off and precautions we take (pessimistic as they may seem).
So.....here is a list of items that join us on any walk, depending on the walk it is sometimes fine to leave a few items in your vehicle, but if its a long hike your going for, its best to take a few bits in a rucksack with you.
A well fitting collar or harness: Comfortable for your dog with an ID tag that has your telephone number on it.
Leash (plus a spare)
Poo Bags: We use scented ones as with multiple dogs and a frequent lack of poo bins it makes the job more tolerable. We have a handy rucksack with a mesh side pocket to store the inevitable poop until we find a bin.
Treats: High value treats are best, particularly when exploring a new area as your dog may become more easily distracted. We usually take cooked chicken or liver cake, alongside some low value treats such as kibble. Having recently discovered the Pooch Pouch, taking treats is now slightly less messy and means no dirty pockets full of old food.
Favourite Toy: Even when exploring, it's good for your dog, especially youngsters in training, to have a reason to stay with you.
Water and water bowl: Always a necessity, we carry a small bottle with us and a collapsible dish plus another bottle in the van.
Towels or drying fleeces (weather dependent). We love Forest Fleece, Rollinhillz and Equafleece.
First Aid Kit: A fully stocked First Aid Kit travels with us in our vehicle at all times. Its a little bulky to take on every walk with us in the rucksack so we grab a few essentials if we are out for the day. A sterile bandage, blood stop powder, saline solution and some vet wrap take up a small amount of space in the rucksack. It is important you know what to do in the event of an emergency, a practical workshop in canine first aid and CPR is a good idea. We frequently hold them at Central Bark (see workshops page).
Mobile Phone: This is a necessity, in the phone you should store the number of the nearest emergency vets (just in case). Most smart phones also have an emergency setting or Medical Id (iphone) which can be a great help if you come into trouble yourself. Always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be away.
With all of these things you're good to go....we will be following up with exciting places to walk dogs in the North East.