Like the wolf, dogs are physically designed to travel great distances. Their bodies are made for walking, and so they derive the greatest benefits from this infinity healthy activity. The mental stimulation they receive from using all of their senses freely is unmatched and the physical effort of walking, running and jumping leaves them happily exhausted at the end of the day.
Hiking is beneficial to dog and handler for many reasons. While hiking is a great way to get some serious stress relief and greatly reduces boredom, it is also simply good for the soul. Being outdoors and enjoying nature is the perfect way to spend time together, bonding and enjoying each other's company. The fresh air and tranquility of the wilderness will do you and your canine companion a world of good.
To add to the experience, try purchasing a dog backpack for your furry friend to wear. Dogs love to be given a job, and it makes the experience much more enjoyable when you have less to carry. Figure out the appropriate amount of weight that your dog can carry and allow them to do so. The extra 'duty' will only add to the mental and physical stimulation they receive from their adventure. Make sure never to overburden them, sometimes all they need is a water bottle in each sack and they are set to go!
Hiking has an incredible effect on dogs, and you will see the benefits immediately once you incorporate this activity into your life. They will be happier, healthier and more fulfilled members of your family for a lifetime!