Hiking with Kilo the Pug
Hiking can be great exercise
It can help burn a few calories and build stamina and fitness. It can also be really fun and help lift the mood, not just because of the exercise, but also because of the light, colours, smells and sights.
We take Kilo for lots of short walks each day, mainly on or near our large block. He loves familiar territory and is terrified of parks where he now knows there are other dogs. However on the weekends, we are starting to get him out hiking longer and further. Luckily, we have a network of ravines and parks across and around Toronto.
Not Every Dog Takes to Hiking Immediately
Pugs are not really built for log runs or hiking in the heat, but he is very agile and loves exploring so we find a good balance for all of us (my knees are very bad so Kilo suits me). We use a 20′ leash so he has a feeling of freedom but is safe. We still do not trust his recall 100% and he can still be reactive. We are hoping the hiking, positive training and exercise will build up his confidence. It is certainly great bonding for both of us.
Our recipe for a great weekend walk with Kilo:
1) Add a beautiful day, warm and sunny, but not too hot.
2) Add some varied terrain with lots of trees, leaves, and flowers starting to come out.
3) Add views over the ravine, a stream, and a few squirrels.
4) Avoid other dogs and humans.
Mix it all together for a good hour or two and you have one very tired but happy puppy and human. Plus Kilo is finally back in great shape after his brief “porky pug” experience last winter. Not too fat and very strong.
Hiking with your dog is a great way to get out and explore new places you haven’t been before. Kilo and I are working towards exploring the whole city together, one cool spot at a time.
You can see a video of Kilo’s adventures around Toronto HERE: