Hiking with your dog
You often meet holidaymakers who enjoy taking their dogs on trips. This is reason enough to address this issue and provide information for dog lovers.
People who take their four-legged friends on holiday tend to look specifically for destinations where they can enjoy a relaxing and diverse holiday without any hassle.
Taking your dog on holiday requires a little extra planning. You need to think about the following issues:
• Can the dog stay in my accommodation?
• Can the dog accompany me during my holiday activities (restaurants, museums, hiking, swimming)
• How much food should I bring? What is available in the region?
• What are the entry requirements and regulations etc.?
In general, a dog will enjoy a hiking or active holiday more than accompanying his owner on a sightseeing or shopping trip in a city. There are countless sporting options for you and your four-legged friend in the Hall-Wattens region.
First let’s take a look at some of the issues mentioned above:
In general, you can assume that dogs are welcome guests in our in our region. It goes without saying that a well-behaved dog makes things much easier and is more conducive to a stress-free and unproblematic holiday.
Dogs are allowed in the majority of our accommodation. Detailed information can be found in our accommodation list. Dogs are also often seen wagging their tails under tables in bars and restaurants.
You need an international vaccination certificate and a rabies certificate in order to bring a dog into Austria. The vaccination should have been administered at least 30 days ago, but no longer than 12 months ago. You must carry a muzzle and a lead. It is compulsory for dogs to wear muzzles, particularly on public transport (trains, buses, chair-lifts).
We advise that you bring enough food for your dog. Dog food can be purchased throughout the region, but you would have to change the dog’s diet if its usual food is not available. Dogs can sometimes react sensitively to a change of diet.
Please bring a blanket with you that the dog has already used at home. It will contain the dog’s scent and therefore be a familiar item from home. Consider bringing a small first-aid kit that you would be able to use in an emergency. You should definitely bring medication for diarrhoea. This should be acquired from your vet before travel, as some sensitive dogs can suffer from diarrhoea due to stress or over-exertion.
Once you arrive, enquire as to the location of the nearest veterinary practice or ask for the veterinary emergency number. Even if your dog does not require it, it is reassuring to have made provisions for your loyal companion.
On a hike/tour
Just like humans, dogs will need a snack and something to drink en route, so make sure that you carry something suitable with you. Depending on the length of the tour, please always bring at least one litre of water solely for your dog. You can never be sure whether you will come across any water sources while hiking.
Collar or chest harness?
The answer is very clear: fit a chest harness to your dog. In general it should be worn at all times, not only while hiking. There are many reasons for this.
Some are related to your dog’s health, others to behaviour. A well-fitted chest harness protects your dog’s neck and relieves strain on the larynx, the carotid artery and the neck muscles. Everyday use of a collar, and in particular when training the dog, places immense strain on these areas. Pulling on a collar restricts both the larynx and the upper airway, which can often result in a bruised larynx. To counteract this, the dog automatically tightens its neck muscles even more. Tugging on a lead attached to a collar can cause serious physical harm to your dog.
A collar should really only be used as a means of identification (breed, name, owner’s telephone number). These labels can also be affixed directly to the chest harness.
Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer areas in which dogs are allowed to roam freely. Leads are mandatory throughout most of the region, as indicated by warning signs. This serves to protect agricultural land and also prevents wildlife in the forest from being disturbed. It is best to keep your dog on a lead at all times if you know that it is an instinctive hunter. Even if you think that it is too slow to hunt, it will still disturb the wildlife.
You can attach the lead to the waist strap on your backpack to leave both hands free, e.g. for holding walking sticks. Specialist pet shops also sell waist straps fitted with shock absorbers. You should select a long enough lead to ensure sufficient distance between you and your dog, without the lead dragging on the ground. Otherwise you could get tangled in the lead or even trip over it. Three-metre leads are usually a good solution.
You sometimes see dogs carrying their own luggage in a specially-fitted backpack. This is not recommended because the dog could easily become tangled or be attacked by other dogs if the backpack contains food. However, this decision is always at your own discretion.
Collapsible nylon water bowls are best. They take up little space, dry relatively quickly, and can also be washed occasionally.
Inspect the pads on your dog’s paws regularly. The rocks in this region are very sharp, especially in the Karwendel mountains, and cracks may appear in the pads and quickly become infected. Special dog booties are available, but they usually do not last very long. Self-adhesive tape is best. This is available from veterinary practices. Please consult a vet immediately if your dog sustains a serious injury.
NB: We recommend cleaning your dog’s paws with clean water every day, especially in winter when salt is spread on the roads.
Do you have any other questions about taking your dog on holiday?
The team from the Hall-Wattens tourism association is always happy to answer any questions.
Hall-Wattens Region Tourist office
6060 Hall in Tirol
Tel.: +43 5223 45544 0
Fax: +43 5223 45544 20