Outdoor activities for your dog are essential for his/her health, happiness, and mental alertness. Not to mention all the health benefits you’ll acquire by getting outside with your best friend. If your dog is elderly or suffers health conditions always consult your vet before starting any new activity. Start slow and keep him/her hydrated. Just like people, dogs need to build up their stamina and drinking plenty of water during their play is vital for overall health. Also remember that each dog is an individual and may not enjoy all the same activities as other dogs. A little trial and error will help you determine what works best for your pooch.
Biking: Many dogs love to accompany their owners on bike rides. This works well for very fit dogs with lots of energy. This activity can be dangerous so be sure and buy bicycle attachments that hitch the dog to your bike while preventing him/her from following too close behind and getting hurt. Be mindful of temperatures. Dogs will give everyting they have keeping up despite the fact that they suffer from the heat much more than we do. Don’t let your loved one overexert themselves and become ill or worse.
Camping: Avid campers can buy a real pup tent for their dog that can be staked to the ground.
Dog Parks: Dog parks are a blessing for urban dog owners. Formerly leash bound dogs get the chance to run free and play not only with their owners, but with other dogs too.
Fetch: This old time favorite will keep most dogs occupied for hours on end.
Swimming: Swimming is a perfect excersize for dogs of all ages. It’s low impact and works many muscles at once. Dogs can swim safely in chlorinated pools. The chlorine may raise heck with their coat, just like it does your hair, but you can counteract that with a good bath in one of the many fine products offered by M&J Dog Essentials.