Or Learn Your Mutt’s Limits
Own a mystery mutt? Understand that your dog is an individual and treat it as such — good advice even with a purebred. "You know your dog best," says Miller, who adds that her mutt is the best hiking companion she's ever had. "You know whether your dog is a nervous nellie or a couch potato." Weigh what you know about your dog's temperament with what you know about its physical fitness to determine how it may perform on the trail. Start with short adventures and work your way towards longer trips.