When you are a dog owner, you get out every day, regardless of the season and in all kinds of weather. But if you are a very active person, you may have the courage and desire to be more active with your dog. Your dog can't join you in the gym and lift weights, but don't worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to be active with your dog - and here we've collected 4 of them!
1. You can run with the dog
Running is as simple as it is amazing. You train your fitness, and the body releases endorphins, which make you happier. The dog also gets to use up a lot of energy and strengthen its muscles. You can run with the dog on its normal walking leash, but it will be a little easier (and more fun) if you have the right equipment - and don't worry, it's not a big deal. The only equipment you will need is:
- a dog harness
- a good dog leash or line
- and a belly belt to which the line can be attached
The harness is better for the dog than a leash attached to a collar. But a dog harness distributes the weight much better and prevents the dog from suffocating if it runs well. The stomach belt helps you keep your hands free, and gives you all your body weight to stand against if the dog should start to pull at some point.
However, it must be said that unfortunately you cannot run with all kinds of dogs. For example, bulldogs and pugs can suffer from breathing problems, and in that case we would not recommend running with the dog. You should also not start running too early. A puppy needs to be fully grown before you can safely train it to run. And of course it must learn to walk nicely by your side before you can teach it to run nicely by your side.
2. You can practice agility with the dog
If you and the dog need a little more challenge in everyday life, you may want to try agility training. Agility is a dog sport where the dog must be able to complete an obstacle course in time and achieve as few mistakes as possible on the way through. It is completely without a leash or collar, and thus only with the owner leading from the sidelines.
Agility strengthens the dog both physically and mentally, as the training and courses provide a lot of mental stimulation on top of the physical. As an owner, you get a closer bond with your dog when, through training, you continually get better at communicating and reading each other's body language.
Most dog breeds can take part in agility, but you most often see herding dogs and hunting dogs being champions in the sport. However, you can't know if your dog will be good at it until you try. But how do you start? In fact, you can easily make your own impromptu obstacle courses in the garden, or you can start in the forest and use the natural surroundings for training.
Give your dog an energy boost with sustainable insect protein
With an active dog, you also need extra good treats, so that the energy level is kept up during the day, and the dog does not suddenly collapse completely exhausted. Dogs have a habit of not always listening to their bodies when they are having fun, which is most often seen in hunting dogs, who can run up to 25 kilometers on some days. Both the hunting dogs, but also just generally active dogs, can therefore greatly benefit from a protein-rich treat, such as our insect energy bar BugBoost.
The BugBoost bar is made from protein from the insect Black Soldier Fly. It is the finest insect protein with many nutritious properties and a significantly lower CO2 footprint. In addition to having a drastically lower impact on the environment than protein from conventional agriculture, the proteins from the insect also have an unmatched nutritional value that is approved by veterinarians and valued by animal feed manufacturers.
So with BugBoost, the dog can get a delicious, nutritious treat that boosts energy without compromising on the climate. However, remember to always have water available when the dog eats and give the dog a maximum of 3 bars per week.
You can read much more about BugBoost here
3. You can take the dog on a walk
With another summer, which is probably mostly spent at home in Denmark, there is plenty of opportunity to experience the country all over the country on hikes. The Danish nature is beautiful and there are lots of exciting hikes throughout the country, so there is plenty to choose from. You can see an overview of hiking trails in Denmark at the Dansk Vandrelaug . Hiking is an easy way to take your dog on holiday or just to go on some slightly different walks than the ones you are used to.
When you take your dog on a walk, you must of course consider how far your dog can walk. It all depends on the dog's breed and physique, and it is also important to remember to take several breaks during the day. The dog will love to come to brand new areas full of new smells, but at the same time it gives a lot of new impressions, which must also be processed. On the trip, remember to bring plenty of water for both yourself and the dog. Bring a bowl for the dog's water and give regular treats or use normal dog food as a snack during the walk.
If you spend the night outdoors, for example in a shelter or in a tent you have brought with you, then it may also be a good idea to bring a warm blanket for the dog. Siccaro Recovery is a bamboo fleece blanket, which is designed to reflect the dog's own heat back to the body, so that the dog does not lose heat during the night. Our drying blankets can also be used as a 'coat'. Here we would recommend SupremePro or Spirit , as the warmest. Naturally, with a drying blanket you also get the added bonus that the dog will be dry in record time! If you don't have room for a whole blanket in your backpack, consider bringing a pair of DryGloves to dry the dog instead.
4. You can practice water rescue with the dog
If your dog is a true water dog, you may want to try water rescue. Water rescue dogs are trained to rescue people in danger of drowning, and have traditionally been dog breeds such as Newfoundlanders and Labradors, but over time other breeds have also proven successful, for example Landseer. Water rescue can be both a professional profession, but is also practiced as a sport. For a dog to be suitable for water rescue work, it must of course be of a certain size and have a good amount of courage, as well as good communication skills with the owner.
Several of our customers, who are owners of giants such as Newfoundlanders and Landseers, have over time enjoyed our XXL and 3XL SupremePro drying mat after a training session with their dog.
We hope that after this article you have been inspired to try something new with your dog!