Being out in nature is good for the heart and soul, and we’re lucky to be surrounded by abundant trails and hills in Hong Kong. Getting outside is also great exercise for your pup! But before you hit the trails with your dog – is your furry buddy ready? The trails belong to everyone, so it’s important for pet parents to keep the following points in mind:
There are 3 main types of trails in Hong Kong: Family-friendly trails, nature trails, and country trails. If your dog is new to hiking, consider starting with some family-friendly trails. They range from 1km to 3.5km long, and typically nice and gentle walks that can be completed in 2 hours or less.
The sun, the wind, the smells! It’s a given that your dog will be excited being out on the trails, but if a pup hasn’t had enough training, the following may happen:
All the above scenarios could cause harm to your pet, and possibly to other hikers or animals. Therefore, it’s critical to teach your pup to listen to your commands before taking them on hikes.
You can start by taking their leash off next time you go to the park, and call their name. Encourage them to come to you with treats or other rewards. The goal is for your doggo to obey and come back to your side when they hear your call. Before you try this, observe and see whether your pet can be safely off-leash. It’s different for every dog, so it’s really up to the pet parent to decide when their furry one is ready.
Aside from regular behavior training for your pet, pet owners should take note of the following:
The weather has finally cooled down, which means hiking season has begun! If you think your furry buddy would enjoy going on hikes, we’ve picked out a few trails for you to get started. Read about them here: Kid- and pet-friendly hikes in Hong Kong