With the slightly cooler autumn months fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to explore new activities you and your dog can do together. Spending this extra time with your dog can strengthen the bond you two have and help you both become more active. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
Before selecting new activities to try with your dog, remember to keep safety in mind and look for activities that both you and your dog will enjoy. Not every dog enjoys the water, and some dogs may not be well suited to be in highly-populated areas, such as dog parks. You know your dog best, so never put her in a situation where she may be at risk or pose a risk to others. Also be sure to consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions about your dog’s physical limitations or health conditions that may make certain activities off-limits.
Backpacking and hiking are two activities that your dog may enjoy just as much as you. Many state parks are pet friendly and Hikewithyourdog.com provides a listing of dog-friendly hiking trails in the U.S. and Canada. Your dog’s health and safety should be a top priority, so remember to bring a pet first aid kit and plenty of water for both you and your dog for any outdoor activities.