Hiking with your dog – 4+1 reasons to choose outdoors more often
15:45 - 27 February 2019
As dog lovers, we usually spend more time out and about than our dog-free fellows. However, it can be hard for most of us to leave our regular tracks due to the lack of time, energy or mood. But it’s always worth going on longer hikes every now and then.
If we were to ask our beloved pets, their answer would surely be the following: can’t get enough of walkies! Especially, when there’s a chance to get out of town. Meeting their furry friends in the dog park can give a highlight to their day, while we enjoy a nice chit-chat with our fellow dog owners. Despite these pleasant activities, sometimes it feels good to step out of our everyday routine and find the courage to discover new paths. Wonderful places, natural treasures and adventures await us beyond the park’s fences and city name board. This could mean a shorter walk in our neighbourhood, a visit to one of our kedvelt sites of our region or a longer hike as a real challenge. Any of these could gives us and our furbabies new wonders!
Here are some reasons that will surely convince even the most reluctant dog owners, too:
1. It’s healthy
Hiking is an excellent choice for both owners and dogs. Choosing a track that combines gentle uphill routes and slopes can measure up to any sports activity, that involves stamina and muscle work. Get ready for some fatigue-fever! Besides, breating in the naturally fresh air will help our city-worn lungs get cleaner, as we exchange the everyday smog to the amazing smell of flowers, trees and beautiful grass. Moving keeps us and our four-legged buddies fitt and healthy – both are crucial to living a long and happy life. Regular physical exercise can also help prevent certain behavior problems.
2. It’ relaxing
Spending quality time in the nature is one of the best free-time activity. It can be highly refreshing for all of us, it clears our head of the everyday mess by taking away bad thoughts, inconvenient feelings and stress altogether. Being outdoors helps us learn how to slow down to a comfortable level, while observing even the smallest beauties of life. It’s relaxing and fulfilling on the physical, mental and emotional level, as well.
3. New adventures and experiences
Nature provides thousands of new adventures for both of its two- and four-legged visitors. Taking a walk along our favourite routes or exploring some new tracks can also leave us perplexed with its wonders. No matter which way we choose, our dogs will more than enjoy the adventure. All the new smells, tracks and objects the encounter could give them a breath of fresh-air that they rarely see in the ciy. Sniffing around tires them mentally – deep sleep and sweet dreams are guaranteed.
4. It makes human-dog bonds stronger
Quality time spent with each other is a wonderful way to build elszakíthatatlan bond between dogs and their human. Building trust is another great aspect of doing new things together, when there’s no one around, we can only rely on each other. Memories made together will stay with us for a lifetime. Just think of how it will be like to remember our hiking adventures as we sit peacefully in front of the fireplace with our beloved pet. Heartwarming, isn’t it?
+1 It’s cheap
Besides travel costs – if there is any – we don’t need much to enjoy hiking: comfortable shoes and an outfit suitable for the actual weather. Hiking boots are recommended for mountain adventures, but a good pair should serve us for several years. What about our dog? A good collar and/or harness and a leash are all necessary – just the everyday equipment we already have in our drawer. If we decide to go hiking during the time of year when it gets dark early (or we leave home in the evening), equipping our dog with láthatósági products can be life-saving. A visibility collar or vest, light-reflecting ribbons or tapes on the harness are all perfect for this purpose.
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