I'm thrilled to bring you a super fun sponsored post about bringing your dog along on your adventures. The “Dog Days” of summer are upon us. Dog Fence DIY encourages exploration beyond the fence!
Adventures Beyond the Fence
Taking your dog outside of his normal environment can be a little stressful at first. Depending on the temperament of your pup, you may worry about him running away, getting into trouble, or running into other animals that don't mesh well. These are all legitimate concerns that should be taken seriously. However, with proper precautions, taking your dog beyond the fence can be the time of your life.
A close friend of mine has an awesome dog, Rooster. We took Rooster on a hike through a forest preserve close to my house. It was one of those perfect days. Rooster has a fantastic personality and can be trusted to go off the leash–even in the woods. He was so cute. He would wander to the edge of the path and after a couple ah-ah-ah's he knew to stay on the gravel path. (We didn't want him getting into poison ivy!)
Once we came to a clearing of friendly green grass he had his opportunity to frolic. It was like he was a puppy again! I swear he is smiling like a little kid!
All this exercise and fresh air is great for your pet; but, it's also fantastic for the humans involved too! Watching your best friend have all this fun is such a stress reliever. It has already been proven that pets reduce stress and as a result can even make you live longer. Well, days like these are definitely refreshing after a week's worth of life's daily challenges. Who could possibly be sad or upset in the presence of such a happy creature!
After our forest preserve adventure, we took him to our barn to meet some large new friends. Meeting new animal friends can be scary and even dangerous. But Rooster and the horses investigated each other with good manners.
Important things to remember when taking your pet beyond the fence:
- Trash bags for clean up
- Water for your pet
- And something to drink it out of… like a collapsible travel bowl
- Food, if you will be missing a normal feeding
- Treats (if this is part of your routine)
- Towel for the car in case they get muddy
- Your camera to capture these great memories
- Frisbees, balls or other fun toys
- Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and flea/tick treatments before wandering beyond the fence
You know your pet. If you think they won't get along with other animals, then use common sense and don't let yourself get into a dangerous situation. If he's a know wanderer, then don't let him off the leash; especially if there is traffic near by!
Really Going Beyond the Fence… Boating with your Pet
My sister has an adorable little Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug) named The Grump. He had his first boating experience and looked so darn cute in his life vest!
He proved to be quite a good little boater. A couple things to remember when boating with a pet along with the supplies mentioned above:
- Safety first! Make sure your pet will have a safe place to sit while driving
- Plenty of water and an option for shade
- Life vest
Going beyond the fence gave the whole family an opportunity to bond and make lasting memories. Take your pet with on your next adventure! And, again, don't forget the camera! 🙂
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