Getting outside and enjoying nature is vital for your health. Fresh air boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and gives you energy. But did you know that it can do the same things for your dog?
Play in the Snow
It can be tempting to bundle up and refuse to leave the house in winter. Don’t assume that because you don’t want to leave the house that your dog doesn’t want to either. Put on your boots and jacket and take them out to explore the winter smells.
Let your pup frolic in the snow. You could even get in on the fun and make a snow angel or throw snow for your pup to “catch” and chase.
It can be smart to get your dog a jacket and booties. This will help keep them warm and their paws protected in the harsh winter conditions.
Enjoy a Picnic
When the weather starts to get warmer, and spring starts to arrive, you can arrange a picnic for you and your four-legged friend. Pack some snacks and drinks for each of you. Don’t forget to slip your eco-friendly disposable dog bowls in the bag. They’re perfect for setting up your pup’s picnic spot.
Bring a ball, frisbee, or some other toy that your dog loves. You can then play fetch and give your dog some exercise. This will get them breathing deep and their blood pumping. Playing a game will be a valuable bonding time for the two of you.
Visit a Dog Park
Check out the local dog parks and embrace the opportunity to socialize for both you and your dog. If your dog is old enough and fully vaccinated, socialization is key to raising a well adjusted and healthy dog.
Remember to keep an eye on your furry friend, just like people, not all dogs are friendly, and you want to be able to assist if your fury friend needs help.
Try a Bike Ride
This one may take a bit of practice before you and your dog get the hang of it. It will help if your dog is larger and listens to voice commands. To make riding even easier, look for a well-made harness and a dog leash that lets you connect it directly to the bike. This will eliminate you having to try balancing one-handed as you hold onto the leash.
Kayak, Canoe, or SUP
These are activities you can do when the weather is cool or warm. Before you get started, make sure your dog is comfortable in and around the water. You should never force your dog into a situation that makes them nervous or scared.
It’s also a good idea to have a life vest for both you and your pup. Even if they’re an expert swimmer, a life vest can save lives.
To get started, try exercising your dog to expel some of their energy. This will help them stay still and not accidentally dump both of you. Then let them check out the kayak or canoe on dry land. Let them walk around it and get in.
Once you’re confident that you’re both ready, start in shallow water. Slowly work your way up to trips that are longer and in deeper water.
Enjoy Nature and the Benefits of Fresh Air
Are you ready to get outside with your dog and enjoy the beauty and health benefits of nature? You could do something small, like visiting a dog park or playing in the snow after work on a weeknight. Or you could plan a weekend trip to enjoy an afternoon picnic or some time on the water.
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