A good paw rub or wax is a must have for hiking with your dog. Musher's Secret is a great and popular option, although there are several alternatives. Some sort of paw protectant will help keep your dog's paw pads healthy with high mileage. Musher's Secret protects dog pads across all 4 seasons.
There are plenty of social media groups with arguments going back and forth about thru hiking with. If you want to get opinions by reading some of these, that is fine. However, at the end of the day you and your vet know your dog and what your dog is capable of. Above all, don't let others positive and negative experiences blind you from reality.
Believe it or not, you absolutely CAN use Uber and Lyft with your dog while on a long distance hike. I had no idea this was possible before hiking the Northern half of the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Here are some basics...
There are many parks that claim to be dog friendly, but don’t allow dogs on trails. Out of 60 parks, only 10 allow you to hike with your dog. Here is a list of the 10 National Parks that allow dogs on trails.
Create and carry a first aid kit for your dog on shorter hikes. This will prepare you both for longer hikes. If your dog carries a backpack, you can fit most of these supplies in a plastic baggie or two to save on weight.