Hund schnee bernese wernerbrigitte pixabay cc publicdomain
Hund schnee bernese wernerbrigitte pixabay cc publicdomain

Hiking with Dogs

Nice hiking tips in the Trentino and some rules to observe – here we go, the adventure can start

Thanks to the gorgeous nature and a wide path network, which offers everything, from easy walking tours to high alpine hikes, the Trentino is very popular among hikers. And it is also a paradise for dogs.

So that a hike in the mountains of the Trentino becomes a nice and for all persons involved secure experience, we first want to make you aware of the fact, that your four-legged friend has to be kept on a lead, also outside of the villages.
If you move in the vicinity of cattle herds it is of particular importance to keep your dog on a lead. Normally cows feel threatened by dogs, especially if they have a calf with them. If the dog moreover runs free or barks at them, the defence instinct of the normally quite friendly animals is triggered and an unwelcome and also dangerous incident might occur. In such a dangerous case it is recommended, to unleash the dog for a short time. It knows how to escape from an approaching cow and is faster than the massy animal. Like this also you can get into safety in the meantime – if the dog is leashed, the cow concentrates its attention both on the dog and the dog owner.

Excrements of dogs which are not cleaned up, are an offence for other hikers and especially farmers, who cannot use the hay anymore, if it is polluted with dog dirt. The immediate collection of the dog excrements is required by law in the Trentino but is also a sign of respect for the environment, other hikers and farmers.

Along most of the hiking paths, sooner or later you will pass a stream, where your dog can drink. But please don’t count on it and take water for your four-legged companion with you. The muzzle should also be in your backpack, together with the lead it is a must-have if you want to use public transport or cable cars.
At the end of our trip reports you can find detailed information about distance, altitude difference and level of difficulty of the single hike. Take your choice!

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