|Reading some trail pee-mail|
|Hot on a scent!|
|I'm king of the world!|
We also practice jumping over logs in campfire areas that people usually use for sitting. He usually needs a running start before a jump, otherwise he just stops short.
Obstacles make the hike more fun and interesting, adding excitement and variation to a regular stroll.
Changing pace can also make the hike more enjoyable for your dog. Chewy loves to feel the wind in his fur, but sometimes likes to slow down and smell the flowers. Be sure to watch out for things you might trip over while running- some places will mark them with bright paint.
Always remember to bring water (and a doggy bowl) on your hike to keep hydrated, especially in warm weather.
Be aware of the signs of overheating in your dog, which may include:
- heavy panting
- excessive drooling
- bright red tongue
- increased pulse + heartbeat
- elevated body temperature
Staying hydrated and taking breaks in the shade will help prevent overheating. Do not force your dog to keep walking if he/she wants to rest. Chewy will seek out a shady spot to lie down if he wants to take a break, and sometimes will dig a shallow hole to make the ground even cooler. A quick way that Chewy cools off is by lounging in water at the beach or pool, but you can also pour some cool (not cold) water over your dog.
Don't forget to clean up after your dog. It will help keep the trails clean, and won't attract poop-scavenging animals to the area.
|Following the rules|
Lastly, do a tick check after a hike to make sure none of those buggers have latched onto your furry friend for a free meal. Ticks can spread lyme disease, which may become very dangerous for your dog. Consult your veterinarian for proper prevention, treatment and evaluation of tick bites.
Happy (and safe) hiking!
In other news, we recently won a male vs. female doggy guessing game over at SlimDoggy and received a SlimDoggy bandana! Here is Chewy modeling it:
|I look so fresh and so clean!|
|A close-up...I probably should have pressed out the creases from shipping first, huh?|
|Epic drool! (Because of meatball bribe)|
Thanks, SlimDoggy, for the super cute bandana! It is going back in the cabinet until summer is over, because Chewy + summer = swimming and rolling in the grass/dirt all day, and it would turn black! Or smell like wet dog forever.
|We are joining the FitDog Friday hop hosted by SlimDoggy,|
Peggy's Pet Place and To Dog with Love.