Long walks with dog

Long walks in summer

It is here! The beautiful time for exciting, relaxing, entertaining and wonderful walks with our dog. To ensure that every single outing is a pleasure for both humans and animals, we have put together a few tips here.

 

The weather

Too cold, too wet, too warm....every dog is different and of course we like to take that into consideration. We can compensate for almost everything with the right equipment! If our dog gets cold easily, we can make sure our pelt-nose feels comfortable again immediately with a well-fitting dog jacket. This also applies when it is wet. If it gets warm, we should move the excursions into the woods to give the dog as much shade as possible. This is also healthier for us!

How long can walking routes with a dog be?

Surprise, surprise! We can hike with a dog for as long as we can manage. The prerequisite, however, is that we relieve the dog when it has had enough. No false shame! Dog carts, similar to a children's jogger, are perfect for dogs of all sizes as three- to four-wheeled easy-to-push means of transport. The added benefit: such carts often also offer pockets for water, a blanket and jackets. It is important to give the dog enough time to get used to it. This can be done quite well if the vehicle is parked indoors with the wheels removed (modern carts have quick-release fasteners). After the dog has become accustomed to it, the excursion begins on foot. Only when the dog gets tired does he get into the cart. Most dogs get used to it quickly and appreciate the outings very much. Nevertheless, we should make sure that the dog is not exposed to the blazing sun. Regular breaks are also important. Here the dog is allowed to move around, loosen up and is offered water. This way we can enjoy the whole day out with the dog.

Panniers?

Sporty dogs can carry panniers on moderate routes. We should bear in mind that the dog's back is not made for extra weight. However, a healthy dog can carry treats, a folding bowl for water and a poop bag on its own.

 

How can I tell that my dog can't go on?

When he stops and doesn't want to go any further? True, but not only. There are dogs that don't stop walking and this carries the risk of them overexerting themselves. Such dogs can easily be "exposed" if we stop in between and don't pay attention to the dog. If the dog reaches its limit, it will lay down. Attention: Very experienced and healthy long-distance runners among dogs will lay down even if they are still fit. They have merely learned to manage their strength. Apart from that: a dog that is only "shuffling along" no longer enjoys a walk. The dog carriage is suitable for him, so that he can also walk along on longer tours. Caution is advised with young dogs, because they are nowhere near as resilient as they may seem. Here we are even more responsible and must ensure that the dog is not overtaxed.

 

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