Camping With Dogs is on a mission to encourage dog owners to get outdoors with their pets. The special experience of adventuring together is beneficial for so many reasons. In this blog, we’re breaking down our top reasons why you should bring your dog along on all outdoor adventures.
Whether you’ve just adopted a puppy or have a dog that’s been by your side for 10 years, outdoor adventuring can lead to incredible bonding experiences. Dogs and owners gain trust of one another, and learn how to work together seamlessly. Spending time together working through problems or with activity is vital to your relationship development with your pet. Trust can only be earned, and these outdoor adventures are a great way to develop that.
There are many obvious physical benefits of being active outdoors, but the same can be said for your dog. For those with high energy pets, regular hiking and exercise will fulfill their needs for activity. Hiking tougher trails can help develop new muscles and strength in both your dog and you. Outdoor exercise is crucial for good mental and physical health, and with spring just around the corner, there’s no excuse not to enjoy the sunshine!
Dogs, like humans, need activities to keep them busy and maintain their active brains. Although there are plenty of indoor enrichment activities for your dog, hiking or camping outside exposes them to a whole new world. Your dog will become familiar with native plants and animals, and will have the opportunity to explore new terrain or new places if you’re a travel camper. Think of all the new smells your dog will encounter!
Physical connection to the outdoors is proven to boost moods and lower anxiety while exercise increases endorphins. Dogs can experience similar feelings as humans do, so the mental health benefits of exploring outdoors can leave you both feeling happier and healthier. Connection to nature is wonderful, and simply enjoying the act of being outdoors can make for a happier dog and a happier you.
Practically unlimited space and numerous stimulants provide a great backdrop for training. While building trust, outdoor adventures can increase your dog’s familiarity with a leash, harness, or dog backpack and how to focus on recall and commands coming from you. New terrain grants an opportunity to test your dog’s street smarts and retention of basic commands.