Local hikes and walks with your dog are great pet exercise.

Have you been spending too much time on the couch? Has your dog been giving you the stink eye every time you pass by the leash? It might be time to dust off those running or hiking shoes. There’s nothing quite like outdoor walks with your dog to get you motivated.

The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital has compiled a few pointers to keep your pet safe, as well as some local suggestions for good fun and exercise.

Safety First: Going on Walks with Your Dog

Before you grab the leash and head outside, make sure you brush up on summer pet safety tips. Be a dog walking pro with the following suggestions:

  • Make sure your dog is trained, responds to your commands, and is socialized before venturing out in public.
  • Dog parks and other dog-friendly places can be a great choice, as long as you protect your pet with the necessary vaccines and parasite preventives.
  • Bring plenty of waste bags, as being a responsible dog owner means cleaning up!
  • Shared water bowls can be a nightmare when it comes to parasites and illness. Bring your pet’s own water and bowl.
  • Keep your pet on a leash at all times (unless you’re at an off-leash park).

Whether you’re on a trail or in a wild, natural area, additional precautions should be taken when  going on walks with your dog:

  • Prevent your dog from investigating any wild animals, including dead ones.
  • Keep your dog on a leash, even if they’re well-trained.
  • Ensure that your pet’s vaccinations and parasite preventives are up-to-date.  
  • Bring plenty of water, a collapsible bowl, and some snacks for rest breaks.
  • Avoid inclement weather. Keep an eye on weather patterns throughout the day.

Keeping it Local

Now for the good stuff! Below are some of our favorite local trails and walks that both you and your dog will enjoy:

  • Stone Mountain Loop: With 15 miles of trails that range in difficulty, this park truly has someone for every outdoor lover.
  • Atlanta BeltLine: Updates to the Atlanta BeltLine have made it one of the most desirable outdoor attractions in the city. Bring your pup out to explore everything it has to offer.
  • Cascade Springs Nature Preserve: Not only does this preserve help keep our city beautiful, but it also has a waterfall and a trail to give you a knew, scenic hike for you and your pup.
  • Island Ford North Loop: If you’re craving some river views, check out this hike that takes you near the Chattahoochee.
  • Suwanee Greenway: Get an upfront view of the wetlands (from the comfort of paved paths and boardwalks) the next time you and your canine companion need a little fresh air.
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: If you love everything nature, this recreation area is the perfect spot to view some local wild and plant life.
  • Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park: Enjoy some Southern history in a natural setting in this park that spans 2,965 acres.
  • Piedmont Park: Piedmont Park is everything a park should be–beautiful scenery, local events, and plentiful volunteer opportunities so you can give back to the city you love so much. The next time you’re looking to spend some time outside with your pup, consider heading to one of the city’s most desirable outdoor destinations.

Where are some of your favorite places to go on walks with your dog? We’d love to hear about them at your next appointment or comment on our Facebook page. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please give us a call. Happy trails!