In addition to making sure your dog has a safe / comfortable home, is well fed, and has regularly scheduled veterinarian appointments, it’s so important to prioritize exercise. With warm weather settling in and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get in some great exercise with your pup. In addition to making sure you get more walks in, here are some of the top ways to get active with your dog this summer.
Add a daily walk to your schedule
With longer days of sunshine in the summer months, there are plenty of opportunities for you to find time for a daily walk. Whether you are an early bird and like to be active before you start your day or want to find a way to unwind after work, adding this into your routine is not only good for you, but also amazing for your four-legged companion. Aim for at least a 15-minute walk (or more if you can swing it) and enjoy the sunshine as you spend some quality time with your furry best friend.
Plan some hikes on the weekend
Whether you live in the mountains or near the beach, chances are there are plenty of places nearby that you can go to get in a great hike. Research the best ones and make a summer bucket list for a great way to set goals and plan some hikes with your pup. Make sure the length and difficulty of the hike is appropriate for your dog and don’t forget to pack water for you both!
Set up puppy play dates with your friends
If you have friends with other dogs nearby, try and set up a puppy play date outside at a local park, in one of your backyards, or even at a dog park you love. It gives both of you a great opportunity to socialize and an opportunity to spend time outside for more than just you and your pup. If you choose a dog park, make sure you follow all rules and regulations and keep an eye on your pup the whole time to make the experience a positive and safe one for all.
While all of these activities can be great for prioritizing exercise for you and your dog, you’ll want to make sure that you are keeping safety top of mind when heading outside. The AVMA suggests that you always make sure your pup has access to fresh water and shade when outside. You should also ask your veterinarian how to recognize signs of heat stress and prioritize cooler hours of the day for outdoor exercise, especially if your pup has a lot of fur.
If you have questions regarding safe activities to enjoy outside with your pet or simply need to schedule your next appointment with the Bregman Veterinary Group, all you have to do is click here to get started!