Like humans, a dog’s lifestyle can drastically affect its health. If left unable to exercise and offered only low-quality diets, our four-legged friends are likely to develop health problems, as well as become generally unhappy. Since we want the best for our pets, it is important that we support their needs, ensuring that they have a full and active life.
Since dogs will need company when they head out into the world, owners can also use the opportunity to get active too, seeing the time as not only a responsibility but also as an opportunity to spend time together. The more time you spend together, the more your bond will improve too. The activity need not solely be a long walk or the summer period either, and there are a number of ways that you and your dog can stay active all year round.
If you are one of the lucky ones with a dog who loves the water, swimming together can be an incredibly fun activity. Simply take to the lake or sea of your choice and bring along a ball to get your four-legged friend paddling along with you.
There is also a growing culture of cold water swimming too, which has a number of reported health benefits. Some dogs, especially those with heavier fur may not mind too much but it’s important that, just like for yourself, you get them dry and warm once back on land!
Instead of strolling around the block with your dog, you might find yourself surprised by how easily they can keep a great pace. It is important that dogs are eased into this routine, being taken for gradually longer runs each time. Their stamina will build, just like your own.
Additionally, it is important to bring plenty of water and be conscious of your furry friend’s paws as dogs can become both dehydrated and tired without realising it.
Even if your dog isn’t fond of the water, they might surprise you with how eager they are to explore atop a comfortable paddleboard. Promising you’re comfortable with your balance, there’s often room for a small dog to cruise along the water with you.
Since there is a risk that they might fall into the water, it’s important to keep your dog safe by equipping them with a floatation vest and ensuring that they don’t become startled or scared.
An activity need not be contained to a few hours and camping for a night or two can be a fantastic outdoor experience for you and your dog, involving anything from long walks and rocky trails to refreshing swims and foraging food. Venture out into nature together and explore the wild, keeping them on a lead when necessary.
While temperatures can drop during the winter, there are a number of ways to ensure that you and your dog are kept warm and insulated. Plus, with company inside the tent, it’s sure to stay cosy through the night!