Dogs can be excellent company in the outdoors. Exploring the wilderness with a furry friend can be an incredibly fun and bonding experience, but only if you plan ahead. If you don’t, bringing your dog could be a dangerous mistake, one that ends abruptly, unpleasantly, or even tragically.

Backpacker has some good advice on what do you need to know, bring, do, and avoid when camping, backpacking, or hiking with your dog.