22 things to do with your high energy dog on the Road
Keeping a high energy dog entertained is exhausting at the best of times, but it can be really difficult when you live in a RV. So here are our tips to tire your pup out when you are traveling for long periods of time or live full time on the road.
1. Fetch. Be sensible with this, we've known way to many dogs with torn ACL's because of slipping and over-exercise. So mix it up. Sometimes we throw the ball. Sometimes we ask them to sit andthrow it and then ask them to retrieve.
Amazon, and other places sell light weight weave poles that push into grass, so you can practice on the road! We added jump cups to our weave poles so the double up as jumps. https://amzn.to/3LObVP8
3. Bones We keep a variety of bones in the freezer, but butcher marrow bone or knuckle bones frozen are by far the longest lasting, better on the teeth and less likely to cause tummy upsets!
4. Another dog (jk)
Just for funs, buy your dog a dog, that will wear them out!
If we focus on teaching dogs the skills they need to live in our society – like how to be handled at the vet and how to cope with fireworks noise – it can help them be happier throughout their lives.
6. More Training What's more, dogs are intelligent animals and most love to learn, so training can be a great way of stopping them from getting bored.
7. Stinky Hooves & Antlers
Chewing on deer antlers releases positive brain chemicals like endorphins or happy hormones. Hence deer antler chews keep your dog happy and provides them with a feeling of peace and well-being. Chewing on deer antlers is therefore an excellent treatment for stress and anxiety. HOWEVER Antlers can cause painful fractured teeth. Smaller antler pieces could pose a choking hazard. Ingested pieces of antler chews can cause an obstruction, which may require surgery.
8. Treat Balls
Treat toys offer a range of benefits for dogs, including mental stimulation, physical exercise, and the opportunity to engage their natural instincts.
9. A Decent Hike Staying Fit. Walking, and by extension hiking, is one of the best ways to stay fit and maintain a healthy weight – for you and your dog.
10. A Swim
Here are five reasons your pup should take the plunge: It Improves Overall Health. Swimming is one of the best, most complete forms of exercise for your dog. It's Joint-Friendly.
It Can Be Pain-Relieving
It's Great for Overweight Dogs.
11. Rent a Sniffspot Private spaces help you minimize distractions or triggers and maximize time with your dog. SniffSpots provide off leash enrichment - exploration and activities you can't get anywhere else; wear your dog out for days. https://www.sniffspot.com/
12. Find a local trainer Dog sports help you learn to set consistent expectations and communicate them to your dog. The quality of your relationship is partially based on the dog knowing what you want, and you being consistent in your reactions toward the dog.
13. Get a Dog Fence An RV pet fence will help keep your dog safe from running after something and getting lost while still having enough space to move around and not being tied up with a rope around its neck.
14. Find a Local Dock Diving Pool It's a safe sport. Unlike other dog sports, dock diving is easy on the joints. On hot days it's great way to cool off!
15. Find a Dog Park They are a source for building strong communities. They're a place where you don't have to worry about offending non-dog-lovers & they tire our boy out quickly.
HOWEVER Owners should be aware of highly contagious diseases that can be spread at dog parks including: Canine distemper. Parvovirus. Kennel cough. They should also be aware of their dogs an other dogs body language, some people bring aggressive dogs to the parks and you should never subject your dog to that kind of behaviour. We will often leave immediately if I see another dog showing dominant behaviours in the park.
16. Train a new trick Training builds confidence, provides mental stimulation and strengthens the human-animal bond. Dogs are always learning. It is never too late to start training. Dogs that have anxiety or more timid personalities can benefit from training
17. Toys Toys are more than just a bit of fun for your dog. They stop them from getting bored and causing trouble around your RV. Having suitable objects for your dog to chew and play with helps keep them stimulated, entertained, happy and healthy.
18. Frozen Kongs They appeal to your dog's natural instinct to work for their rewards and encourage positive chewing habits. They also decrease boredom, stress, and destructiveness and will keep your dog content for a while, even if you aren't around. KONG toys are amazing for oral health
19. Play Hide and Seek What is 10 minutes of sniffing equivalent to? to 1 hour of walking! Scentwork involves activating your dogs sense of smell to find objects. We hide their kibble around the camper and then let them go find it. If your dogs are food aggressive you can always pop one in the car whilst one works.
20. Puzzles Puzzle toys, also known as interactive toys, are an increasingly popular addition to pet toy boxes. These toys which usually incorporate food that a dog can access by solving a “puzzle” are fantastic for curbing boredom, reducing anxiety, and slowing down ravenous eaters, among other benefits
21. Cycling It is much easier to wear an active dog out in a much smaller amount of time. Your dog is still safely secured to you but able to run in an active environment.
22. Running There is a study found that five minutes of running per day is as beneficial as 15 minutes of walking.
Here are some additional tips for enjoying road trippin with your dog:
Always carry a leash and poop bags with you.
Be aware of your surroundings and pick up after your dog.
Respect other people's space and don't let your dog bark or jump up on people.
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