1. There are many National Forest areas that dogs can be unleashed! Literally. Off-leash areas allow doggos to run, jump and play freely.
2. There are so many sticks to fetch!
3. Pups can cool off in rivers, lakes, and streams on our National Forests. Who doesn’t love to swim? They don’t call it doggy paddle for nothing!
4. Hiking on National Forests makes their human happy. So doggo is happy too.
1. Be sure to pick up pet waste on the trail and in the campground! Most developed National Forest areas may even have pet waste stations supplied with plastic bags and bear-proof trash receptacles. Cleaning up after your pup will enable other visitors to have an equally awesome experience.
2. Check with your local National Forest office to find out which areas pets must be on-leash or any current restrictions. Note that most trailhead areas require dogs to be on-leash. Along the trail, there may also additional signs instructing pet owners to keep dogs on-leash.
3. Remember to bring along enough food and water for your furry friend. Also, be sure to store your dog’s supplies as you would your own. Puppy chow left out may attract unwanted visitors such as bears.
4. Overall, be courteous to other visitors. If you’re staying in a campground, be sure to secure your dog and never leave them alone. If you’re on a trail or waterway, be sure your pup is on voice command or on-leash.