Geocaching is the Pokémon Go for dogs. Geocaching allows you to participate in a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt. The app can be downloaded on any mobile device and uses GPS coordinates to track locations of the different geocaches, aka treasures.
How Geocaching Works
Weather-safe containers are placed throughout different locations and tracked through the app. Once you arrive at a geocache, you’re able to log your name in a logbook that shows you (and your pup) found the treasure. Once you find the cache, you are asked to place any item or two in the container and trade it for one that was placed from a previous geocacher. Many dog-friendly caches have dog toys or treats, so be sure to bring something fun to swap!
The Bark, Modern Dog Magazine, and Babble all have great articles on how much fun you can have! But, before you and your canine begin your geocaching adventures, here are three actions you will want to do first!
Do Your Research
It is important to check the area you are going to on the geocaching app to ensure that dogs are allowed. For all locations that welcome dogs, you will see a “dog allowed” attribute icon.
Just like any hike or walk with your dog, you will need to take doggie bags, a leash, and water. If you plan on staying for a long period of time, taking snacks or food is also recommended!
Have an updated identification tag
It is common for a dog to have the urge to wonder in new locations. In case you happen to lose sight of them, you’ll want to make sure your dog has an updated identification tag.
Geocaching is an entertaining outdoor activity for you and your pup- you’ll both have a blast searching for “buried” treasure!
Photo Credit: Geocaching 101