According to the calendar, spring arrives today. Many of us, however, may doubt what we see on that wall ornament as we look outside. No matter if the season has changed where you live or if you still see piles of snow in the yard, knowing that the sun will shine, the temperature will rise, and travel will commence. Taking your furry friend on the road with you can be a wonderful experience and can also help you maintain your exercise routine. This week I welcome fitness expert and dog lover Paige Johnson -- she shares with us ideas and insights about how you and your dog can stay fit while traveling.
Guest Post by Paige Johnson
Staying fit while you’re on the road can be a real challenge, but if you decide to bring your dog along in lieu of leaving him with a kennel, friend, or loved one, you’re more apt to maintain your routine. Studies show that dog owners have a better chance of attaining their fitness goals than those who forgo having a furry friend. Why? You’re forced to move more (by an impressive 69 percent), dogs can increase your walking endurance, and mental health is improved while blood pressure is decreased.
If you have yet to choose a destination for your trip, consider checking out resources that help connect dog owners to pet-friendly establishments around the world. Along with hotels and restaurants, you’ll find tips for the best dog beaches, parks, and even walking tours you can bring your dog to.
Standard activities that may come to mind may include running (consider signing up for a canine charity race), walking, cycling, and hiking. Consider these alternatives:
Maintain a Healthy Routine for Your Pooch
Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you should forgo your dog’s regular, healthy routine. This includes a healthy diet to avoid stomach problems, access to fresh water at all times, clean food and water dishes, and regular walks.
When packing your fitness gear, consider what additional items your dog may need based on the activities you have in mind. Some suggestions include:
Not only does traveling with your dog help you stay on top of your fitness game, it’s also a bonding experience. Do your research in advance to make the most of your experience. Don’t forget to get your dog vaccinated if traveling overseas and ask your vet for any tips for car and airplane travel prior to departure.
Paige Johnson is a fitness nerd and animal lover. She shares her insights on LearnFit. She loves offering advice on a variety of topics. As a personal trainer, she has a passion for fitness training and enjoys sharing her knowledge with those seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. She's also mom to three dogs, all rescues, and volunteers at her local animal shelter. Through her time with her own pups and working at the shelter, she's picked up some great tips on pet care and training.
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Many communities throughout the nation provide special parks for dogs to run and play. These dog parks offer activity and exercise for resident and visiting canines.
With spring returning and summer on the horizon, there many days and weeks of wonderful get outdoors as well as traveling weather for you, your family, and your four-footed friends to enjoy. Knowing there are “pet playgrounds” in various locations can assist you and your furry companion.
Throughout the nation dog parks are popular. Many offer fenced-in security where dogs can safely run, play, and exercise. Fenced-in parks mean greater safety, an important concept in a dog owner's mind, especially for owners who travel with their furry friends. An enclosed park keeps dogs from running away and from running onto busy streets. Who wants to lose their dog while on vacation … or any other time?
More and more hotels are becoming pet-friendly, so having a dog park in a community is an added benefit for enticing travelers to stop and even to stay in that town. Such communities become more welcoming to visitors traveling with their dogs because dogs, like people, need to stretch their legs while on a journey.
Dog parks also provide socialization opportunities, again for both the dogs and their owners. While walking or playing with one's dog at a park, a person is likely to engage in conversation with other dog owners … and the dogs are apt to play with one another, running through the park or fetching a ball or other toy. Studies show people who have dogs are more outgoing and engage in more socializing because, well, like with our kids, we dog people like to talk about our furry family members!
Even communities that don’t have an actual enclosed dog park, some provide wonderful walking paths at which owners can give themselves and their furry friends good exercise.
A great resource to learn about pet-friendly places, such as hotels and parks (including dog parks) can be found here: http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/.
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.