Dogs are naturally curious and adventurous creatures. They are always on the go regardless of the day, weather, and obstacles that come their way. In turn, this encourages their owners to live an active and healthy life crucial for a better quality of life.
It is no surprise why most people prefer them as their pet companions, especially during the onset of the nationwide lockdown. For one, they have brought us comfort and have helped combat mental health issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened. Therefore, with the lifting of travel bans and eased health protocol restrictions locally and internationally, pets and their owners can extend their quality time together outside their usual zones.
Consider Your Pet
First and foremost, you must keep your pet’s behavior in mind when they are with you in the car. Consider gradually introducing them to it by bringing them with you when you visit the office and pet shops or go for a short drive around town. Additionally, consult with your veterinarian if your dog is eligible for extended travel time, especially if they have existing health conditions.
You might also invest in various car equipment to ensure road safety and prevent unruly behaviors from your dog while you’re driving. But most importantly, remember to pack your personal emergency kit and essentials for your pet. This can range from the necessary equipment to maintain sanitation inside the car and the environment or bringing their safety blanket, medicines, food, and toys to keep them entertained on the road.
Go for a Road Trip
Taking long drives is soothing and therapeutic. It provides a space for mental percolation and a time to reflect on our past, present, and future life decisions. Therefore, what better way to maximize this than cruise the highways with your pet companion?
Set a day or two and give yourself a break from your usual cycle. Plan your route and make sure that it is pet-friendly for you and your dog’s convenience. This includes avoiding rough roads and having potty and water breaks to enjoy the scenery and stretch your legs.
Additionally, remember to have your vehicle checked before your road trip to avoid any mishaps along the way. While you might have used your vehicle in the past for quick trips to the groceries or the park, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a smooth and problem-free car drive. This is especially true for long-distance travel. So let your mechanic conduct a thorough check-up for your car’s condition, including car audio upgrades, possible signs of wear and tear, and tire and brake maintenance.
Hit the Beach
Listening to the ocean waves and feeling the sand on your bare feet is comforting. Additionally, it is an excellent opportunity to get plenty of vitamin D essential for a better immune system, stronger bones, and improved overall health. If you live near the ocean or have the itch to experience the sea, consider a weekend beach escapade with your pup.
However, while swimming is an activity that is primarily safe for dogs, it is still best to take extra precautions to ensure your safety. To begin, choose locations that have calmer waves as the opposite can easily scare or snatch your dog away from the shore. Additionally, rocky, hot sand, and sharp shells can injure their paws. You must consider these as well.
If it’s their first time, consider setting a mini pool in your backyard or let them play with sprinklers to set the mood and be comfortable with the activity. Be patient and let them play on the shallow parts of the waters before introducing them to other ocean activities. Moreover, unless you are confident that your dog can behave independently, remember to bring with you their leash. Leashes prevent them from getting lost, running away, or jumping on children and strangers.
Remember to bring your beach blanket, a large umbrella, and towels with you to provide shade and a place to dry after your activities. Lastly, don’t forget to gently wash your dog with fresh water and mild dog soap and shampoo to avoid skin and hair irritation that can damage their coat. Of course, you can always ask your vet for advice and recommendations to better address any issues your dog has.
Bonding with your dogs is beneficial for your health and wellness. However, no matter how exciting these activities might be, remember to put your safety on top of your priority to avoid accidents, injuries, and risks later. So make sure to plan, pack your essentials, and learn basic emergency aids to better equip your fun days together.