Active hiking pleasure for two and four-legged friends
Fantastic Alpine panoramas, crystal-clear mountain lakes, pure air and rustic alpine cuisine - our backpack for the next hiking trip is already packed! But what could be nicer than having your best friend by your side? Each of our marked trips has been put through its paces to ensure that it is suitable for dogs and the safety factor always comes first. For example, we select appropriate dog-friendly hotels, develop four-legged routes and ensure stress-free transfers on site. From Austria, Germany, Italy, England to Croatia there is a colourful selection of destinations for dog walking tours available.
Tips & information at a glance
We have put together some tips and hints for you regarding taking your friend with the wet nose on a walking trip. These recommendations should help you choose the right destination and route for a perfect trip before booking your next Eurohike dog walking holiday.
- Muzzle and leash obligations: Please inform yourself about requirements for dogs wearing a muzzle and leash before starting your journey and each day’s stage. Different requirements apply depending on the country, region and municipality.
- International regulations: In the first instance, every dog must be registered and chipped. Please deal with the country-specific entry requirements as early as possible with regards to possible vaccinations and rules of conduct in the destination.
- Hygiene: As a dog owner, you are responsible for leaving hiking trails and paths clean. Please always have a bag on hand to remove your companion’s dog droppings on the way.
- Responsibility: You know your four-legged friend best. Therefore, choose a hiking holiday carefully. When choosing it’s important to take into account your dog’s health, age, size, condition and behaviour. In this way, your dog is protected from possible overexertion. Also keep an eye on what your dog eats along the path (certain plants, or even waste could injure your four-legged friend).
- Animal Alpine dwellers: Watch out for animals at pasture during your hike. A direct encounter between a dog and, for example, a cow, horse or sheep should be avoided. The following applies: While walking, slowly but surely move away from the grazing cattle. Important: In this case the dog should walk without a lead, so it can make an escape in an emergency.
- Dog guarantee: Our hiking trips, specially marked with a green paw, are dog-friendly and can be booked with your four-legged friend – honestly paw-friendly!
In our Eurohike tours that are guaranteed to be paw-friendly, it is very important to us that both two-legged and four-legged friends feel particularly comfortable in the accommodation. In order to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and your dog can be registered in the appropriate accommodation, we ask you to let us know the breed and size of your dog when booking your vacation. We use this data to register your companion at the accommodation. Any additional costs are to be paid directly to the accommodation in cash.
Eurohike checklist for your dog-friendly hiking tour
With our Eurohike checklist, nothing stands in the way of your next walking holiday with your dog. You can easily download and print it here.
- Transport box and dog basket: To ensure your dog is safe while driving, we recommend a transport box for the car (if possible, with a blanket or towel). This way your four-legged friend can relax on their way to the destination. And bringing the dog basket also provides necessary feel-good atmosphere in the accommodation.
- Muzzle and leash: Always have a muzzle handy. When selecting a leash, we recommend shorter or medium-long leads with a length of less than three metres, especially when hiking.
- Collar: Clearly, every dog in Europe must be chipped. In the event your dog gets lost, your dog can be reunited with you quickly. Nevertheless, it is recommended to add the dog owner’s name and telephone number to the collar if possible.
- Dog brush: Correct grooming depends on the breed and hair length - should your companions fur knot, your dog will thank you for bringing a brush.
- Dog shoes: When hiking in rough terrain, it is recommended to bring dog shoes with you to avoid possible injury to the paws.
- Travel provisions: Please pack plenty of water and easily digestible food with appropriate bowls for your dog – and don’t forget treats! Water is particularly important when hiking in warm regions with a high temperature. And should you ever pass cool water, release the lead and enjoy.
- Bags: It is a responsible dog owner’s job to remove droppings along the way.
- Local vets: Please inform yourself about vets or clinics along the route, should there be an emergency.
- Emergency equipment: Carrying a first aid kit is not only recommended for us humans. Basic equipment should also be packed for our beloved companion: claw scissors, tweezers/tick remover, disinfectants/wound spray, any medication (e.g. diarrhea medicine, ear cleaners, anti-nausea agents, parasite prophylaxis, sunscreen for short-haired breeds, eye wash, ointment for insect bites, bandages.
- Toys: If your dog gets a chance to play on the trip, don’t forget its toys.
From Meran to Lake Garda
The best of two worlds during this hiking route starting from the historic spa town of Meran to Lake Garda. From the impressive Dolomites, along the South Tyrolean Wine Route to Lake Garda, where you will be greeted by the Mediterranean flair. A perfect holiday experience for you and your four-legged friend.
- Read all the details about the tour here.
From Garmisch to Meran
Mountain hiking with an Alps crossing ‘light’. On this trip you and your four-legged friend experience something unforgettable and cross the Alps. A few very special highlights await you on this tour: The sunken church on the Reschensee, the Sisi town of Meran and very special – you will experience the charm of three countries in eight days.
- Keen? You will find all the information and booking details for the hiking trip here.
Paw-friendly leisure hiking in the Salzkammergut
The Salzkammergut has always had a special charm for hikers. But alongside your four-legged friend, this hiking holiday will be the perfect experience. The route promises hiking fun – guaranteed. Cooling off in crystal-clear water, postcard landscapes on the Schafberg or in the salt mine in Hallstatt. And the necessary delicacies and culinary delights are also on offer throughout the trip.
- The perfect way to holiday: Click here for the details.
Crossed with hiking trails, this hiking tour in Bavaria is something very special, if not the most beautiful panorama trail in Germany. It will also certainly be a great experience for your four-legged friend. Along the route, a fantastic natural backdrop, cultural highlights and culinary delights await you – so Bavarian!
Our Eurohike hiking holidays are divided into four categories or levels of hiking: moderate walking, walking, mountain hiking and trekking. Accordingly, the routes are more leisurely or demanding. On our website we have marked all hiking holidays that are suitable for dogs with a green paw. So you can immediately see how demanding the hiking tour is and whether it is also suitable for dogs.
Nevertheless, we recommend consulting your vet to see if the planned tour will be enjoyable for your four-legged friend. Afterall, your dog should not be overwhelmed and, like us humans, it is important to ensure the right balance between exercise and relaxation.
All of our hiking holidays marked with a green paw have been checked by us and are guaranteed to be dog friendly. These hiking tours lead through forests, meadows or past beautiful lakes and the routes are always suitable for your four-legged friend. Your hiking holiday with your dog will be an unforgettable adventure in nature, the environment where your dog feels right at home.
In general, it depends entirely on your dog because not every dog of the same breed is the same and the respective energy level is different. Nevertheless, there are some dog breeds that are particularly hungry for exercise and very much enjoy time out in the fresh air. Here is a selection of dog breeds for which a hiking tour is sure to turn into an adventure:
- Australian Shepherd: A real all-rounder when it comes to exercise. This breed of dog loves sport, has good stamina and is very clever.
- Border Collie: This active breed of dog enjoys any kind of activity in the great outdoors. Whether hiking or cycling, the main thing is action and movement.
- Weimaraner: This high-energy breed is known to be a particularly agile hiking companion. Weimaraner’s have strong muscles, are very obedient and enjoy being outdoors.
- Magyar Vizsla: An equally sporty and agile dog breed is the Magyar Vizsla, a Hungarian pointing dog. Long hikes are no problem for this dog and their particularly friendly nature make them a perfect hiking companion.
- Dalmatians: Stamina and a very friendly nature – this is what Dalmatians are known for. There is nothing better for this spotty dog companion than a hike in nature with a searching game in between.
- Labrador Retriever: This dog breed is also one of the obedient and sporty breeds. With a lot of energy, the Labrador Retriever is happy to be exercised by their owners on a hike.
- Jack Russel Terrier: Small but with a lot of stamina – this is what the somewhat smaller breed of dog is known for. They always adapt to the pace of their owner and are excellent hiking companions.
- Husky: Hours of hiking in the great outdoors? No problem for a husky! Continuous movement is important and a real pleasure for this dog breed. If you are already thinking about the next break from hiking, this breed of dog will still march on full of motivation and energy.
Overview if hiking with a dog
You can select the possible dog-friendly hikes directly view the travel search (under show more filters). Suitable tours can be found in almost every country. From easy to demanding tours, Eurohike has put together numerous tours for you.
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