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Fun Outdoor Ways to Workout with Your Dog

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1.  Go for a long walk.

Walking together is a great way to spend a little bonding time with your dog while getting plenty of exercise and vitamin D. If you and your dog haven’t been exercising regularly, this is one way to get started.

You’ll want a sturdy leash and collar (or harness) if your pet doesn’t already have one. Depending on where you walk, make sure to take along one or two eco-friendly waste bags if your dog has to take a potty break. 

When you’re starting out, start with shorter distances and work your way up. Walking in the morning or evening during summer and fall, when it’s cooler, is a comfortable time to get out of the house. That way, you can avoid dangerous heat extremes.

2. Jog together.

When you and your dog are ready, jogging can be an energizing and enjoyable experience. Be sure to both stay hydrated and pace yourselves, especially if you’re just starting to train for the first time. Jogging is a fantastic way to not only get some great cardio time in, but also to stay fit and energized. If you’ve got a working dog or just a high-energy pet, jogging is a good choice to help them burn all that energy.

To jog safely, be sure you and your dog have reflective gear and a good harness. You might want to consider investing in an escape proof harness or a no-pull harness to prevent your dog from yanking the leash while you run. 

3. Play fetch or frisbee.

Throwing a frisbee, ball, or stick for your pup is a fun way to get in some play time and get your bodies moving, too. If you have a big yard, you can easily head right outside and play at home. Or, you can head over to the local park–whether that’s a dog park or just a wide open space nearby. 

4. Go for a swim.

Many dogs love to swim, and with summertime just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to splash around with your pup. Take a dip in the pool, or head to the river or lake for an afternoon of swimming and playtime. 

Make sure your dog has all the necessary safety equipment, like a doggie life jacket. Also, be on the lookout for blue green algae, which is deadly for dogs (here is a solid guide to the risks of blue green algae). Steer clear of algae-infested waters, follow basic safety guidelines, and enjoy! 

5. Go hiking. 

There are many areas all over the country that boast scenic hiking trails, nature preserves, state parks, and national parks. Get out into the fresh air and enjoy the day with your best furry friend. 

Spring, summer, and fall are the best times for hiking. Just be sure you carry plenty of supplies if you’re in for an extended hike–especially water, snacks, and safety gear. 

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on an Outdoor Workout

When you go on an outdoor adventure with your dog, you’ll want to make sure you have all the bases covered when it comes to their safety. Remember, it’s easy for pets to get separated from their owners, especially while away from home. 

If you haven’t yet done obedience training with your dog, that can be a helpful tool for calling him to your side. Making sure your dog has a Huan Smart Tag on her collar is also an important step toward securing her safety while you’re outside.

Huan is a Bluetooth-powered Smart Tag that notifies you when your pet is detected away from home or away from you. If your dog escapes on an outing, your fellow Huan app users and our advanced Sensor Network will help you detect and locate them. 

Want to know more about how Huan Smart Tags can protect your pet, both at home and on outdoor adventures? Click the button below. 

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