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If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, pack hiking may be something you enjoy.  Be assured that your Samoyed will enjoy it, too!  It’s a great way for you and your dog to strengthen your bond, while enjoying the wonders of nature.


Before setting out to any destination, it is a good idea to check the rules about whether dogs are allowed on the trails.  Also, you will want to be sure your dog has some preliminary training and conditioning before embarking.  You should be able to control your dog in the likely event that you encounter other people and critters on the trail.  


It’s up to you – and any applicable rules of the site where you are hiking – as to whether your dog is on- or off-leash, but we do recommend that you keep your Sam on a leash for at least the first few hikes, until you know that he can be kept from running off on his own and getting lost.

Hiking packs for dogs are widely available and should be fitted properly.  A Samoyed should be able to carry approximately 25% of his body weight in his pack.  Be sure to pack plenty of water, keeping in mind that the physical exertion of the hike will require even more water than usual in order to keep both you and your Samoyed properly hydrated.  Your Samoyed should drink the same water as you do – not from streams or lakes – to avoid the health risks associated with drinking non-potable water.

We also recommend packing a first aid kit, as well as having a basic knowledge of canine first aid. The American Red Cross offers a very good pet first aid class.  All of us at North Texas Samoyed Rescue, Inc. have taken it and found it very helpful – good knowledge to have, even if you are not going into the wilderness!  The Red Cross and most pet supply stores have pet first aid kits available for sale.

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