Last week I started the new topic of things to do with your dog by advising you to take your pooch to a new area during the (daily) walk. This will stimulate and motivate them, just like it does humans. Think about it, sometimes you get in a routine and after a while it just starts to feel like a drag. So we go on holiday for a change of scenery and new sights. This is exactly what you’ll be doing for your dog by changing their route.
Today’s advice is pretty close to last week’s, however instead of turning into a new street on the walk, why not go a bit further and take your four-legged family member to the beach. If the new street was like a holiday, then the beach will be like paradise to your dog, a paradise of sand and water.
For a lot of dogs, the beach is like a foreign place on a planet that is just waiting to be explored. The beach sand will hold thousands of scents from people, various animals, other dogs, and who knows what else. And for the dog who isn’t afraid of water, swimming in the sea will bring exercise to a whole new level. A trip to the dog beach holds numerous possibilities to occupy your dog. From running and swimming to playing fetch, exploring and meeting new friends or just enjoying some sunshine, this doggy paradise has it all.
Before taking your dog to beach, however, you should be prepared. First, look up what is allowed on your local (dog) beach. Are dogs allowed off-leash? Are they only welcome during certain times? Next, prepare yourself for a very dirty dog at the end of the day. After frolicking on land and in the sea, you’ll probably want to wash and dry your dog before heading home, especially if you came by car. Though in that case I suggest you also protect your car by equipping it with some sturdy rubber mats. Also, do not forget to bring plenty of food and fresh water for your pooch. They will get thirsty and should not drink from the salty sea water! Keep an eye out for heat stroke too in summer and make sure there is some shade if you stay for a
longer time. Lastly, do not forget to clean after your dog in case he does his business on the beach. This way everyone can enjoy a nice beach!
Would you be willing to take your dog to doggy paradise? Or have they already been to this magical land of sand and water? Feel free to share your stories and anecdotes in the comments.
The love between dogs and humans is a mutual thing and we love nothing more than spending time with each other. However, at times we have to leave are beloved furry family members alone for a while and they can get bored. When we get back, we want nothing better than to make up for it and to give our dogs a chance to be active and release some energy. But at times, we get tired of playing the same games and going for the same walk all over again. That’s why in the next couple of articles I hope to give you some new ideas on things to do with your dogs to keep them active and happy.
In today’s article I’ll start off with a tip that is easily manageable: instead of going for that same old walk in the same old neighborhood, why not go somewhere new. This can still be close-by, in your own area, but just a different street or park than usual. Even deviating from your normal route or routes just by a bit well make the walk more exciting.
Or when you have some more time, in the weekends or on a day off, you could go for a drive and explore a whole new area, like a nearby forest. Your dog will love exploring new places with different sights and smells. You might even find some hidden gem which will become your new favorite place!
You don’t have to go to a new place every day, but it will be nice for both the two-legs and the four-legs to mix things up a bit occasionally. This will stimulate your minds and bodies. So give it a try and I’ll guarantee you’ll get a happier dog. Have fun!
Last week’s post was about the last of the car safety items: the hammock. Today’s topic is also about traveling but in a more general sense. I’ll be covering some tips and advice about traveling with your dog. Again, my focus will be on traveling by car, though some of it will be valid in other situations too.
Before going anywhere with your pooch, make sure you have packed all the necessary ready to go. This ranges from truly vital stuff such as a leash and food to more trivial things such as their favorite toy animal. The full list of basic doggy travel kit includes, in random order:
Food and treats
Food and water bowl
Water bottle for in car and on walks
Leash and collar, also a back-up one
Towels and blankets
Brushes and other grooming tools
Bags to clean up after your dog
First aid kit
Toys and distractions to keep them busy during the ride
Any necessary medication
The number of a vet at your destination, and your own vet’s number too
crate, barrier or other preferred way of securing your dog in the car
I strongly advise that before you leave you take the dog for a check-up at the vets. This way you can both go on adventure without any worries. It also wouldn’t do any harm to inquire whether your pooch might need some vaccinations to protect him from viruses that are common in your destination. These might not be the same as can be found in your home area, thus your dog could be unprotected against them.
In the car
The day has come and now you’re in the car and en route to your great holiday adventure. Dogs are not people, but when it comes to car travel their needs are similar. Just like us they need frequent stops to stretch their legs and have a pee break. Make sure that water is always available to them at these stops to avoid dehydration. And just like kids, you’ll need to keep your dog entertained. Some dogs may love just looking at the windows during the whole ride, but most dogs I know get bored and start fussing after a while. So give them a bone to chew on, or play a small game that will stimulate their minds.
Keep all this in mind and your trip will turn out great. What are the thing you do to prepare for a car ride with your dogs. Are there things that you just have to take along Let me know in the comments.
The last car safety item for dogs I mentioned on my list in this post is the car hammock. The idea behind the car hammock for dogs is simple: it’s like a big backseat cover that runs between the top of the backseat to that of the front seat. This way the cover forms something resembling a hammock. It looks like this:
Car hammocks are made of waterproof materials and because they cover the entire backseat, your dog will not get the chance to dirty your seat with muddy paws. It also keeps your dog from shedding hair all over your seats. The hammocks can be easily removed for cleaning to get rid of the stains and the hair.
Most of the hammocks are equipped with slits that allow you access to the seat belts. This way you can use the hammock even when the dog has to share his seat with a human passenger. For those who are so inclined, it also allows you to combine the hammock with a car harness or seat belt for your pooch.
The car hammocks for dogs have one big advantage over say, a simple towel or blanket. Because they cover the footwell between front and back seat, your dog has more space. It also means you don’t have to worry about Fido falling in the footwell and possibly hurting himself.
While they do keep your car clean, they do not keep your dog safe in the car. That is because car hammocks do not restrain your beloved pets in any way, instead allowing them to roam free in the back. Because it attaches to the top of the front seat, it does form a barrier between front and back seat. However, the hammock is in no way strong enough to actually contain your dog when it’s catapulted through the car in case of an accident. In fact, even in normal circumstances the hammock probably offers very little resistance to active and persistent dogs.
Another downside of the hammock is that with the high side your dog might not be able to see you anymore which might cause anxious dogs to panic. Also, some hammocks are almost box-shaped which means that smaller dogs could also be unable to look out of the window, causing car sickness.
Car hammocks for dogs are a great and easy way to keep your back seat clean, but I cannot truly consider it a way of keeping a beloved four-legged family members safe while traveling by car. What do you think? Would you use a hammock to transport your dog in the car?