There’s no doubt dogs are the loveliest and most loyal friends, any dog owner knows this. What they also make is the perfect travel buddies for exploring more of the outdoors, the ideal companions for unforgettable adventures.
The Basics of Training
Though they are born outdoor enthusiasts, it takes some time for them to become the adventure dogs you want them to be so prepare them for the outdoor experience itself. Start by training them to behave well, how to react in case of emergencies, and most importantly, prepare them for the specific terrain of where you intend to travel.
Don’t forget to include training based on the specific type of adventure you’d undertake, such as backpacking, mountaineering or kayaking, for example. It’s about building up the stamina needed for the trip.
The Basics of Protection
Considering you’d be exposed to the weather, be it rain, cold, drafts, or the sun, it’s advisable to think of your dog’s accommodation, and bring along one of the practical dog kennels that are easy to pack up and assemble, and best of all are cosy with their own comfortable mattress. It’s best to buy the kennel ahead of time and train your dog to get used to it.
This way you’d both be able to enjoy the experience to the fullest: your dog safe and snug, and you worry-free. Also depending on the weather is the importance of packing up warm coats or cooling vests beside the dog kennels, so be sure to check the weather forecast prior to embarking on the adventure and pack up accordingly or bring one of each just in case. Additionally, pack up a hi-vis jacket!
Since dogs get thirsty easily, because they might get tired of the adventures or stressed out, it’s a given you should always carry plenty of water with you even if there are natural water sources nearby. Carrying their favourite treats wouldn’t hurt either considering they’re going to be wasting a lot of energy.
More in terms of preparation and protection, it’s essential not to forget to pay your vet a visit weeks in advance. It’s the outdoors after all, and the last thing you want is seeing your dog get an infection or disease because of not getting the necessary vaccines or deworming. Last but not least, the leash!
Yes, I’m sure you want your dog to roam free in the wilderness, but there are situations when you’d be required to keep them on a leash in case you’re travelling as part of a group, or the place you visit has those specific regulations, so don’t leave it out.