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How to Make the Most of Outdoor Adventures With Your Dog

No matter the time of year, getting outside can be a great way to stay active, healthy, and happy. The same is true for our four-legged friends!

If you’re looking for ways to make the most of outdoor adventures with your dog, check out these tips for having fun while staying safe.

Go Biking

No matter how much you walk your dog, there’s a good chance they’re going to want more. Many dogs simply have more energy than we do. Even if you’re a runner and like to bring your pup with you, they can still probably run farther than you can.

For many people, bringing your dog with you while you’re on a bike ride can be the best solution. You get to save more energy while getting your exercise, and your dog gets to expend all the energy they have at the same time.

But taking your dog biking requires some preparation. You don’t want to set off on a long trip without practicing with shorter trips closer to home first. First, you’ll want to be sure your dog is trained well enough to stay with you and the bike. If your dog — especially if they are very strong — is easily distracted, they may try to take off in a different direction if they see another dog or animal.

It’s a good idea to ensure you have at least a few basic commands mastered with your pup before heading out on the bike. This is for your safety, your dog’s safety, and the safety of others. And no matter how far you ride, be sure to bring some snacks and water for your dog. They’re going to need a rest after all that running!

Go Hiking

For a dog, going on a hike is like taking an amazingly long walk. What could be better? If you’re a lover of the outdoors, your dog will be excited to come almost anywhere with you. And hiking is a fantastic activity for dogs to enjoy along with their families.

However, you should keep in mind that not all hikes are appropriate for dogs. For example, some hikes are extremely difficult or require climbing ladders. Be sure to research whether any hike you’re considering is dog-friendly. Also, keep in mind that in some places, dogs may not be allowed at all.

If you’ve never hiked with your dog before, stick to shorter and easier trails. You may want to check in with your pup’s veterinarian to make sure that they are fit and healthy enough for hiking. And, just like with biking, be sure you bring your dog plenty of water. If they are properly hydrated, it can also keep them from drinking from other sources of water on the hike that may not be as clean or healthy for them.

When you do find the perfect trail for you and your four-legged friend, the National Parks Service has a great suggestion for ensuring your hike is a good time for you, your pup, and anyone else who’s there, while also respecting nature: the B.A.R.K. method.

B: Bag your pet’s waste
A: Always leash your pet
R: Respect wildlife
K: Know where you can go

Go Camping

Going camping with family or friends is a great way to get out into nature and live a different lifestyle — even just for a little while. And there’s no need to leave your dog at home. With the right preparation and planning, your dog can make a great companion on your camping trip.

First, be sure to choose a dog-friendly campsite. And remember that the B.A.R.K. method should also be followed when camping. However, there are other considerations you need to keep in mind. Don’t leave your dog unattended while you’re out doing other activities, and be sure they’re never left unattended when you’re near a fire.

Be sure to pack plenty of food and clean water for your pup. However, make sure to only bring out your dog’s food at meal times and clean it up when they’re done eating. Stray bits of kibble could attract wildlife to the campsite — and they could develop a taste for dog food that keeps them coming back for more in the future, potentially exposing them to danger.

What could be better than camping with your dog and snuggling up inside your warm sleeping bag at night? With a little bit of planning, it can be a rewarding experience that deepens the bond between you and your pup.

Don't Forget Your Gou Gou Pets Products

No matter the outdoor activity you choose to partake in, it’s important you have the right products by your side to keep your dog happy, healthy, and comfortable.

Especially in the winter, we recommend our Frostbite 3-in-1 Paw Ointment. It alleviates swelling, discomfort, blistering, and skin discoloration with its moisturizing properties.

Clean paws before applying. Gently rub onto the paw pad, paws will be slick right after application, allowing time to absorb. Apply anytime before going outside or after exposing your pet’s paw to potentially harmful conditions.

Our General Oww’s Joint Spray also consists of a soothing blend of herbs for your four-legged friends that ease joint discomfort and tightness associated with daily exercise, athletic performance and aging. Chinese herb, Bian Xu, reduces swelling while resveratrol ensures long-lasting benefits by keeping inflammation and General Oww’s at bay.

Be sure to check out our full line of grooming products.