Tis the season! The weather continues to warm up, the grass is getting greener, time to get out in the world and find some paw-tastic hiking areas! I have to admit, there aren't very many "paradise like" areas to hike where i'm from, but that surely doesn't mean we can't. There are always things you can do to make your walk more of a hiking adventurous experience.
How to turn a boring walk into an exploring hike -
Firstly, change it up! Don't always walk the same route every single day. That can get far too boring - even for your dog!
Trails - In most areas, there is always some form of a local trail somewhere. Whether it is a groomed trail which is well used by people, or a rough trail though the trees, find it, explore it, and create your own adventure! The huskies and I do this often. There is a lot of forest area where i'm from, and I have located so many different trails and paths through the trees, and most times we opt to head off the trail for some real fun! I grew up in the country - the boondocks I call them - so I was always out in the forests when I was younger. Always exploring, riding my horse through the trails, or snowmobiling in the winter, so I can't help but leave the safety of a good trail to find out what lies in the deeper area of the trees.
Rivers - Not everyone has a river close by they can walk to, but it can be well worth a road trip to head down to a river somewhere with your dog. We love following the rivers edge just to see where it leads us. We have came across areas by the river which have tall edges of rock and boulders - we climb them as if we were climbing a mountain. Great exercise and paw-some adventures for me and the huskies! A bonus of following the river, is that on hot days, I let them jump in and cool off when we take breaks for a drink and a sit down.
Let them choose - This one is kind of off the topic of hiking, but try letting your dog choose the direction! See exactly where your dog would like to go, and see where you end up!
Stimulate - I mentioned above taking a journey into the forest/trees - come up with creative ways to stimulate your dogs brain and active skills while your there! ie: find obstacles in the trees, such as branches or tree trunks to jump over, or walk under!
When your out walking/hiking/exploring always remember to bring water with you. Dog Backpacks are great for carrying the essentials you'll need while your out, such as water, poop bags etc. It is also super important to take breaks if your out for long in the heat, so have a sit down under a shady tree and cool off for a while.
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Our adventures down by the river.
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