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The outdoors provide a rich environment for dogs to exercise & play. Infact, playing out in the open helps preserve the dog’s physical and mental health. Dog owners too are equally fond of accompanying their pets outside on a walk/run. They want nothing more than to have their furry friends by their side at all times, even when they go for a camping trip or to a trek somewhere. However, the outdoors can get challenging for your trusted canines if not looked after properly.Before you start-
- Basic Obedience Training is a prerequisite before allowing your dog outdoors. The vastness of the world outside can tempt your pooch to run wild, If it isn’t taught the primary commands to “Stay”, “Come” & “Sit” – controlling them when outside can prove to be a headache.
- Be aware of your dog’s fitness level in order to correctly plan outdoor activities. While some dog breeds are made for the outdoors, smaller short-snouted ones tire easily. Young dogs are a bundle of energy but could risk injury to their growing bones in strenuous activities.
- Pack them a doggy-bag with ample water, treat supplies, plastic poop carriers, extra dog leash, first aid kit and dog tags/collars for identification.
- Choose a safe spot away from running vehicles, poisonous plants and possible dog pests to ensure your furball’s safety.
A walk in the park is still the old favorite but there are tons of other things you can do with your dog! Once you’ve conditioned your dog for the workout, take him along with you on your next hiking/camping trip.How about including him in your morning run? Not only will you have a companion, you will be doing wonders for your dog’s endurance.You could even plan a day-trip to the city’s outskirts to explore nature’s bounty with your beloved pet. If your dog can swim, you could both make a trip to the beach or a nearby lake.Take the opportunity to devise new games and indulge in playtime with your canine. Don’t limit yourself to playing “Fetch” – carry a Frisbee to toss back and forth. Hide your pet’s treat and ask him to find it from its scent. Incorporate scent tracking into the games to bring in an educational aspect to the sport. The outdoors proves to be a wonderful training ground for your pet if you allow it to be. Follow the above-mentioned precautionary measures and prepare to have a gala time gallivanting outdoors with your four-legged friend.