GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — “The biggest thing is keeping safety in mind for you and the dog,” said search and rescue volunteer, Micah Berg. When you go hiking with your dog, it’s important to keep your eye open for other hikers, as well dangers you don’t think about for yourself.

“Like cactus, and snakes. Out on these trails here as beautiful as they are, there are a lot of mountain bikes, and I have seen dogs almost get hit by a mountain bike,” uttered search and rescue volunteer, Jeanine Camp.

It’s also important to be cliff aware while running with your pet and please don’t try to run after a dog if it falls from the cliff.

Camp added, “Every year we will either have to rescue a dog or recover a dog that has fallen off a cliff, and that’s not fun at all.”

The biggest tip search and rescue volunteer members feel will help is to control your dog.

“You need to have your dog on a leash, or a long line, or some sort of harness,” Camp mentioned.

Voice control over your dog goes a long way too.

Camp stated, “Where you can call your dog, have a really good recall get them to come by your side.”

If you’re an avid hiker, snake avoidance class wouldn’t be a bad idea.

“They have classes every year, and you can teach your pet how to avoid a snake,” Camp recalled.

All the essentials that you would need for yourself, keep that in mind with the dog.

Camp added, “Supplies for the dog. Water, protection for you and the dog.”

In simpler terms. A dog is a human’s best friend, so treat it that way. even when you hit the trails.