The flowers are blooming, the ice is melting, and it’s time to trade in your snowblower for a lawn mower! Longer daylight hours and better weather mean more time to spend outside playing with your pup. Whether it’s playing a game of fetch in the backyard, spending the day swimming and sunbathing at the beach or planning a weekend fishing trip, there’s outdoor dog essentials to help keep your adventures safe and worry-free.
According to veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, “The bond between dog and owner will strengthen with play, as the dog considers the human as the leader of the pack. Dogs are very social animals and need that interaction.” Dogs benefit from spending time outdoors with their pet parents because engaging in interactive activities can help build trust and strengthen the connection between you and your pet.
Not only is outdoor dog playtime good for your relationship with your pet, but it is also good for his physical health. “Building and maintaining muscle strength is very important for joint health,” says Dr. Morgan. “Movement of the joints brings blood flow and important nutrients into the joint regions. Strong muscles will reduce strain on tendons and ligaments, decreasing the risks of ligament tears (like ACL tears).”
Have some free time, and want to create an unforgettable experience for you and your pooch? Check out our suggestions for a fun and carefree getaway and the outdoor dog gear that can help make traveling with dogs a success.
Relaxing Backyard Staycation: Do you enjoy reading books in the sunshine, or sitting around the bonfire with s’mores in the evening? A raised dog bed, such as the Frisco Steel-Framed Elevated Pet Bed, gives your pet a clean, cool place to rest alongside you, off the grass and dirt, while soaking up the sun’s rays. When the sun goes down, break out the chocolate, marshmallows and roasting sticks, but be sure to keep your dog away from these dangerous doggy temptations. The Frisco Dog Exercise Pen with Step-Through Door will keep your pup nearby, but out of trouble and away from any potentially harmful hazards.
Nearby Camping Trip: Whether your camping trip consists of fishing on the lake or hiking through the forest, there’s a bunch of outdoor dog products that can help you prepare your pooch for the trip! The Outward Hound PupSaver Neoprene Life Vest for Dogs features a neoprene design that keeps him safely afloat in the water and comfortable while on the boat. This life vest for dogs also has a handle that allows for quick access in an emergency to pull your pup out of the water. The Outward Hound DayPak for Dogs is a doggy backpack that’s great for longer adventures, as it allows your outdoor dog adventurer to bring a bag of his own! Fill it with dog food and treats to keep him prepared for wherever your trail may take you.
Ocean-Bound Road Trip: Pack the car, hop in and head out to your favorite vacation location: the beach! Let your active dog bring his favorite beach toys and treats in the Outward Hound Daypak for Dogs. The detachable saddlebags give you easy access to anything your dog may need without slowing either of you down. Made for the four-legged swimmer, the Outward Hound PupSaver Ripstop Dog Life Jacket is a classic life vest for dogs with front-float support to keep your dog’s head above water. The multiple buckles allow for simple use and a perfect fit. Give your active dog access to fresh water throughout the hot and fun-filled day at the beach with the Outward Hound Port-A-Bowl Pet Bowl. Perfect for both water and food, this bowl has a waterproof lining that will hold water and keep it from sinking into the sand. When you are done, all it needs is a quick rinse and dry before you fold it up and slip it back into your pocket!
Enjoy springtime and everything that it has to offer by spending time with your active dog outside and creating everlasting moments.