Active living is often associated with living a long and healthy life for both humans and dogs alike. Finding new and interesting ways to keep you and your dog active can be tough. Just like you, your furry friend can become bored with the same old song and dance. That is why you should switch up the activities every now and then.
If you and your dog tend to stick to indoor activities, then a switch to trying out outdoor activities may do the trick. Getting outside can help you, and your dog live long happy lives.
When it’s nice out, all that most people want to do is get outside. If you and your pup have been kept indoors after a long winter, it’s time for you to get outdoors and make the most of warmer weather. Here are some outdoor activities that you and your dog should try.
Go for a Walk
This one is the most obvious and most common outdoor activity for you and your dog, but there are ways to make your regular dog walk more interesting. You can change up your regular walks by walking in a new neighborhood or by joining a dog walking group.
Both are exciting ways to make your regular walks more interesting. Joining a dog walking group can give your dog the chance to play with other dogs. Surrounding ourselves with others can make your normal walk that much more fun.
Visit Your Local Dog Park
Dog parks can be a great way to exercise and socialize your dog, and you too! Visiting a dog park can give your dog the opportunity to interact and play with other dogs. While there, you can hang out with other dog owners to make it a fun and social outdoor activity for you and your dog.
Before you head down to your local dog park, be sure to brush up on some of the basics of Dog Park Etiquette. Here is a quick refresher:
Make sure that your dog has his relevant licenses up to date
Keep an eye on how your dog is behaving around other dogs
Check to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current
Always clean up after your pup
Don’t bring your dog if he is aggressive and does not like strangers
At the end of the day, you know your dog best. If your pup seems uncomfortable at the dog park, consider removing him from the situation. If your dog is the anxious type, you can calm his nerves with CBD. CBD is a natural substance that has been proven to improve symptoms of anxiety, so your pup can make the most of the dog park.
Go for a Quick Dip
If it is hot out, taking your pup for a walk might put him in danger of heat stroke or burnt paws. That is why swimming is a great outdoor activity for both you and your dog. Swimming can help cool you and your pup down on those warm summer days.
Swimming is a great, low impact activity that is a great choice for aging or injured pups. You can take your dog to a local beach to enjoy a quick dip. Or you can to see if your community pool has any dog days. Dog days are designated days at the pool that allow pet owners to bring their dog to the pool for a nice swim.
Camping is a great way to get outdoors and take a break from the fast pace of life for both you and your dog. Camping can help you and your dog gets in tune with nature. Getting outside and surrounding your pup with new sights, smells, and sounds will refresh his senses.
Bring the Games Outdoors
Playing the games you normally play inside into the outdoors can add another level of fun for you and your dog. Playing fetch inside is fun and all, but taking it to the backyard or the park gives you and your dog so much more room to play. You can play almost any game with your dog outdoors to make the most of nicer weather.
Test Your Dog’s Agility
Agility is one of the most popular canine sports. Agility classes are an outdoor activity that puts your dog’s skills to the test. If you think that your pup might be a secret athlete, sign the two of you up for an agility class.
In an agility class, you get to try and direct your dog around an obstacle course. If your dog is an active type, this class will be a lot of fun for the two of you. Get outdoors with this activity and help your dog up their running and jumping skills.
Take a Hike
Although this outdoor activity is not something that you can do every day, it is still a fun way to get you and your dog outside. Immerse yourselves in new surroundings in this outdoor activity for just you two. You can start by choosing easier hiking trails and work your way up to more challenging ones. Talk about a fun outdoor challenge.
Check Out Local Events
Getting outdoors with your dog can be as easy as walking over to the local fair, run, or walk. Many communities and cities host dog-friendly events. Check your local community to see if there are any local outdoor events that you can bring your pup along for.
Some outdoor activities for you and your dog don’t require much activity at all. Getting outside with your pup can be as easy as heading to the park just to relax. If you are looking to wind down and want your pup to chill out too, try giving him some CBD dog treats.
The article is originally published on FOMO Bones.
For the dog-lover, few things in life are as difficult as watching a pet suffer. Unlike humans, dogs can’t say what they’re feeling, which makes keeping them happy, healthy and pain-free a challenge. When your furry friend has a tummy ache (or something more serious), it can be all-consuming and worrying. The best thing you can do is to trust your intuition and to know what stomach woes require waiting out and which should prompt a visit to the vet. Here are some signs signifying that your pet doesn’t feel well.
Easing Your Pup’s Belly Blues
The first thing you should do when formulating a treatment plan for Fido is to seek the advice of an expert. A veterinarian will help rule out any chronic, genetic or life-threatening gastrointestinal issues and help you determine if your pup has any food allergies. If your vet rules the condition non-life-threatening and sends you home, you’ll want to introduce gut-friendly foods and digestive enzymes into their diet. Vets often recommend canned pumpkin, boiled chicken, beef broth and ice cubes (to keep the pup hydrated) for easing canine tummy troubles.
The most important thing you should do as a concerned dog owner is to know the warning signs of the most life-threatening and time-sensitive digestive issues, especially bloat and gastric dilation volvulus. If you know what to look for, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to respond quickly so that your pup’s tummy ache doesn’t turn into an emergency.
Contributed by Morgan Walker Clarke