Three Ways to Get Outdoors with Your Four-Legged Best Friend
There's nothing better than the love of a furry friend. Curling up together at the end of a long and stressful day is the perfect way to unwind and wash away your worries. While there's no doubt that your pup loves snuggle sessions, like humans, dogs need activity. Walks are a great way to give your canine companion the exercise he needs, but sometimes he may want a little more action, not to mention different sights (and smells).
If you're trying to think of some activities you and your four-legged friend can do to enjoy the Great Outdoors, here's a look at some excellent options to consider.
Head to a Dog Park
If you live in a city where expansive natural spaces are limited, a dog park is a great option to get your pup outside. With a little research, you'll be sure to find at least one park in your area that is specifically intended for dogs. Before you go, however, make sure that you find out about any rules so that you can plan ahead and ensure a successful outing. Some tips that you can use to get the most out of a visit to a dog park include:
- Make sure your canine is fully vaccinated and has all necessary licenses
- If your pup has an active case of fleas, forego the park until they’re curbed
- Apply flea and tick repellents well in advance of your visit to ensure that they’ve had time to work
- Don’t permit your pup to engage in aggressive behavior
- Be prepared with waste bags and always clean up after your furry pal
Dogs of all ages and in all types of physical conditions will be sure to enjoy a trek through nature. There are so many scents to pick up, tons of open space to roam through, lots of sounds to hear, the invigorating rush of fresh air, and you may even run into a stream to frolic in. Plus, it's just great exercise and an opportunity to enjoy some bonding time together. Make sure you consider your furry friend's abilities so you can choose a trail that he can comfortably handle. Even if he's able to walk unleashed, make sure you take one along. You'll also want to bring waste bags, water, and some treats, too.
If your pup loves water, swimming is a great way to enjoy the outdoors together. A lake, ocean, bay, pond, river (as long as it isn't too rough), or stream – or even just a pool – will give your four-legged best friend the chance to get in some vital exercise and get his fur wet while also having tons of fun. To up the fun factor, bring along some toys, too, and enjoy a game of water fetch.
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