This post is part 3 of a 3-part series to help you keep your dog happy and healthy this spring.
In the first post of this series we looked at some of the most common symptoms of seasonal allergies in dogs and gave you some tips for preventing and treating them. In part 2 we showed you how to naturally protect your dog against fleas and ticks.
In this final post in the series, we'll share some ideas for making the most of the warm spring weather with your furry friend.
Ready to have some fun in the great outdoors? Here are 4 spring activities to enjoy with your dog.
1) Build a Backyard Agility Course
Enjoy the spring weather from the comfort of your own backyard by building an agility course for your dog.
Setting up a backyard agility course will take a little preparation, but it's a great way to bond with your dog and provide him with exercise and mental stimulation.
Be creative when building your agility course and look around your house or garage for items that can be used as obstacles. Tires or hula hoops are perfect for jumping through, and jumps can be made by balancing PVC pipes on chairs or boxes.
If you've got the budget for it, specialized equipment like tunnels and bar jumps can be bought online or at pet supply stores.
When your agility course is ready, make sure to build your dog's confidence by guiding him around the course on a leash the first few times.
Once your dog is comfortable with the course, let him off leash to tackle it alone. Praising your dog as he navigates the course will encourage him and keep him motivated.
2) Play Backyard Football
Love football? Then let your dog in on the action! The mild temperatures in spring make it a great season for a game of backyard football. Just make sure to provide plenty of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated and prevent him overheating.
Use a small, soft football designed for dogs to keep your dog safe and prevent injury. Gently toss the ball in the air and encourage your dog to jump and catch it.
Most dogs love to run and chase, and a good game of backyard football will challenge them and help them burn off excess energy.
3) Head off on a Hike
Why not take advantage of the cool, crisp weather in spring and head out to your local hiking trail with your pooch in tow?
Hiking is great exercise for pups and people, and your dog will love exploring and sniffing around his new environment.
Before heading off, do some research to make sure you choose a hiking trail that's dog-friendly. You'll also need to pack some essentials including snacks, clean-up bags, and plenty of fresh water.
And of course, don't forget to pack your Fifth Paw hands-free dog poop holder to avoid stinking up your pockets and pouches on the hike!
Hiking trails are also home to pests and parasites, so make sure your dog is well protected against fleas and ticks before leaving home.
4) Take a Vacation
Summer is vacation time for most people, and that means travel and accommodation costs can be much lower in spring.
So, if you have the chance to take some time off this season, why not take advantage of these benefits and book a vacation with your canine companion?
Need some help planning the perfect dog-friendly getaway? A quick online search will uncover plenty of useful websites that help pet owners book the perfect vacation – from finding pet-friendly accommodation and fun activities, to advice on traveling safely with your dog.
That's it for today's post. We hope you have a wonderful spring with your four-legged friend!
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