Walking, Running, Hiking, Swimming, Agility - Let's GO!
Sam, shaking it off!
He hears the jingle of your car keys and whoosh! It's written all over his face. "Can I come?! Huh?! Where we going? Let's goOOooOOo!!" Happy yips, tongue hanging, feet tap dancing, and his body moving at the same speed as the washing machine spin cycle. All that, and you haven't even reached the front door yet.
She's lying on the living room floor, breathing in fits and starts, legs moving in running fashion. You wonder where she's running to in her dreams, or if she's running after something. A rabbit? Chasing a ball? Joining her friends in a romp at the local dog park? Or just running for the sheer joy of it?
"WaaaAAAiiiit! Don't roll in that coyote poop!" It never ceases to amaze you how sweet and loving your faithful friend's kisses are and then you stop to think what she's just ingested...Nom...nom... Gross! Not to her, though! You call your dog away from her feces feast and offer up a grain-free, organic, made in the good ole U.S. of A, hormone, antibiotic and pesticide-free, $13 a bag, sun-dried chicken jerky treat. She turns her nose up at the offer and looks up as if to say, "You want me to eat THAT?!" Off she races down the trail in search of her next gastro delight, while you sigh and place the treat back in it's bag. You stop and marvel in the beauty of your surroundings, and realize that there's no place you'd rather be right now; out-and-about in the great outdoors with your faithful friend. Oh, and there's those ubiquitous piles of coyote poop, of course.
We know how great we feel when we get off our duff and get moving. It's really no different for your dog. Before starting an exercise program, always take a few things into consideration:
So, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and get moving with your faithful friend!
The Nose Knows
Canine nose work (scent) is another great way to exercise your dog, both physically and mentally. And you both have loads of fun! Did you know that dogs have over 220,000,000 scent receptor cells in their noses?
Classes are offered locally at Lucky Dawg Daycare & Training Center with Jaime Fellows, a nationally certified nose work instructor. Check out the class schedule at Lucky Dawg, For more information on nose work, go to The National Association of Canine Scent Work. The K9 Nose Work site has great information, too. Join in the fun!
Save Your Dog's Paws!
Musher's Secret is a dense, barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog's paws. Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions.
Made from a blend of several food-grade waxes, then refined according to our the company's special formulations, Musher's Secret is the safe, non-toxic way to protect your dog's paws. The semi-permeable shield is absorbed into the paws, allowing perspiration to escape through the toes.
Available at Eldorado Country Pet, The Critters and Me, or online.
If you're thirsty, you darn well better bet that your dog is, too! Don't forget to bring along extra fluids for your pup - that lovely stream may still be a mile away. And just because it's a cloudy day is no excuse for not hydrating.
Dog Water Bottle can take care of the hydration needs of your pet while hiking, camping or just on a walk. It is made of stainless steel and has two openings. The small opening has a ball bearing that controls flow of water so your dog can easily drink from it.
Dog Water Bottle
Available from wag.com or dogisgood.com
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