Have an Emergency Plan
Spend enough time in the woods, and something eventually goes wrong. But how wrong things go depends on how prepared you are. "You should always have a first aid kit for your dog," says Miller, adding that key items include an appropriate sized dose of an antihistamine for insect bites and stings, and a styptic powder solution, which can stop bleeding on minor cuts. "Talk to your veterinarian to know what size doses you need for your particular dog," she says.
Miller also suggests bringing a dog whistle with you, even if your dog isn't trained to use it. "If your dog engages with wildlife, a dog whistle can distract them long enough for you to get their attention," she says.