Fun outdoor activities to do with your dog


Don Burkett

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Do dogs need to exercise? Well, the short answer is, yes they do, and daily. The amount of exercise they need varies depending on the age and breed of your dog. For adult dogs, it is estimated that they need up to one to two hours of exercise daily. On the other hand, pups have less stamina and need frequent breaks. A ratio of five minutes of exercise per month of age for up to twice a day is recommended. Now, senior dogs are more delicate but also need frequent exercise to prevent obesity. It’s best to talk to a vet to make sure your dog is healthy enough to do all sorts of activities.

You can always do simple things like taking your dog on a walk in a park. Not only does this help your dog stay active, but it also helps dogs explore more of the outside world and its smells. It’s best to take new routes to let your dog explore new places. It’s always good to bring water for your dog as they need water as much as we do. Don’t forget to check the weather! You don’t want to take your dog out in hot weather as that can cause burns and irritation in its paws. Walking in too hot of weather can cause your dog to overheat.

Another alternative to walking is running. Though many people don’t enjoy running, it’s a great way for you and your dog to stay fit. Make sure your dog is comfortable with the speed you’re going. Most dogs love running but some need to run slower than others. It’s best to start slowly and work your way up to higher speeds and longer distances. Make sure to take lots of breaks in between!

Taking your dog camping can open lots of activities. Going hiking is one of them. This can help introduce your dog to new smells and areas. Don’t immediately start with difficult hikes, instead start with small ones and slowly work your way up to longer trails. Again, bring lots of water, not just for your dog but for you, too.

You can always play simple games at home as well. If you don’t feel like going out, you can play a round of fetch, tug of war, or just play a fun game of hide and seek. Playing these games can also allow training to happen, so it’s killing two birds with one stone! Just don’t play too rough with your dog. Knowing when your dog has had enough is always important.

After playing with your dog, make sure to give them lots of time to rest. Just like you, they get tired after lots of movement. Remember to take breaks when you or your dog needs one, drink lots of water, and have fun!