I live for exploring. There is nothing I love more than finding a new location and setting off with Alf [and James] in tow ready to make the most of the area. Now as cool as it would be to just get in the car and drive. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when preparing for an adventure.
Research The area you are going to be exploring.
It is helpful to know the area you are travelling to. What’s the rules on dog? Should they be kept on the lead? Little things like that can be beneficial – I must admit, if Alf isn’t allowed off the lead, I’m not that interested. I love to watch him running around freely.
I like to take a look at the area, what walks are worth a visit? that way we can work our what direction to head, then any extra walks we discover on the way are a bonus.
Bring the canine essentials
Do not forget to pack those essential bits, water is a key one! You will need to make sure that your dog drinks regularly. Poo bags are another essential! It is so important that when you are exploring you leave no traces… This also means your dog’s poop!
You might also want to include some of their favourite treats [In case of emergency bribes], a spare lead, their favourite toy [helpful for that extra bit of control] and then a portion of their dinner… It’s hungry work being an explorer.
Prevention is key
Is you dog up to date on their flea treatment? Is the area you are traveling to prone to ticks? As a dog owner these are things that you need to know! The last thing you want to be doing is to put your dog at risk.
I will always use a tick treatment in preparation for a trip, along with his regular wormer – One that covers Lungworm.
We have all seen that video of that man running through the park after his dog chasing a deer, right? That’s not what we want on a walk. Basic training is always handy – For your sanity! So before you travel increase [or start] some training with your dog.
I always look for a good sit and stay, then recall is a must. With Alfie I have him trained to the whistle, the stop command is essential. No matter what animal runs across, or situation he may get himself into Alfie will stop dead… It really could be a life saver.
Know your dogs fitness
Is your dog fit enough for the trip? Never push your dog harder than they are capable of. Yes, it might be handy to have them sleep the next day, but it isn’t great for them. Up their exercise before hand so they can build their fitness up ready.
I hope you have found these tips handy, Get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
Emma & Alfie xox