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Five Awesome Things to Do When Out Hiking with Your Dog

Dog Hiking Adventures

Hiking alone in the mountains or prairies or other natural areas around your home brings with it a sense of solace and peace that can´t be found elsewhere. It can also, however, be somewhat lonely. If you love hiking but can´t find friends who are willing to hit the trail with you every weekend, finding parks and trails that are dog friendly is one way to feel accompanied while out enjoying the Great Outdoors. Not only is it satisfying to watch the energy and enthusiasm of your dog as he or she runs free through the natural wonders of Nature, but it will also boost your energy levels as you try and make it up that last hill.

If you love hiking with your dog and try to take advantage of every weekend to get your best buddy out of the house and into a place where he or she can burn off some excess energy, you need to know what to bring with you. Just like you, your dog might also feel tired at times and need some creature comforts to enjoy the time on the trail. Below we offer advice on the top five pieces of gear to bring with you when hiking with you dog.

A Dog Backpack

First and foremost, you need to let your little pal know that while you love having him or her on the trail with you, they need to pull their own weight as well. Water weighs 8 pounds a gallon, and unless you are hiking along a trail with several creeks along the way, your pack will most likely be pretty heavy with the water you´re toting around for you and your pup.

Fortunately, several outfitters have begun to make and market dog backpacks that fit snuggly onto your dog´s back so he or she can carry his or her own water and any other treats that they might want along the way. Instead of shopping the internet for hours, check out this post to help you find the best dog backpack.

Water Bowl

Of course, your dog´s backpack full of water isn´t much use unless you bring along a water dish as well. Trying to pour water into your own cupped hand so that Fido can get a drink or two is definitely not very efficient. Your regular water bowl at home, however, is probably too bulky and large to comfortably take along with you. There are several lightweight plastic dog dishes that can easily be fit into a backpack, either yours or your dogs.

Picture ID

Sometimes your little spunky one can get a little too excited while on the path, and who can blame him. After spending hours on end cooped up at home while you are out working, the feeling of freedom on the trail is understandably intoxicating. If your dog does get of his or her leash, or if she gets lost somewhere on the trail, you will want to have a picture ID with you to ask fellow hikers if they have seen your dog somewhere up the trail. Having a picture will help you to make sure that even if your pup does get lost, you will be able to find him or her quickly.

Insect Repellent and Tick Medicine

Even though dogs don´t usually get stung by mosquitoes and other pests on the trail, you might very well want to spray them down with a bit of your insect repellant so that they won´t have to deal with bugs buzzing around their head the entire length of the trail. If you live in an area where ticks are present, make sure to add a little bit of the tick medicine you use to keep your pup protected from lime disease and other dangerous diseases that come from tick bites. If you don´t like the chemical-based repellants, there are now several natural options made from essential oils that you can purchase.

Expandable Leash

If you are fortunate enough to live near a state park or recreation area where dogs are allowed to run wild, and if you trust your dog to stay by your side (mostly) while on the trail, you can leave the leash behind. If you run the risk of getting fined by the local ranger or don´t trust your dog to be loose, then you might want to bring along a leash. Instead of a short leash that will end up choking your poor pup, bring along an expandable leash so that you can allow him or her to explore the surroundings when no one else is around.

Enjoy the Natural World with Your Best Buddy

With these five essential pieces of gear you will be able to assure that every hiking trip with your dog will be a memorable one. And if you invest in a quality doggie backpack, you can let your dog carry his or her own weight while on the trail. If they´re strong enough, you might even consider letting your dog carry for you the bottle of wine that you and your partner wanted to enjoy once you make it to the overlook at the end of the trail.

Take your dog with you on your next vacation and air charter to your favorite with Pet Jets!

Pet Jets

Join Pet Jets Travel Club to Share Pet Friendly Air Charter Flights

 

Pet Jets Travel ClubPet friendly aircraft charter provides an excellent air travel alternative for pet owners relocating or simply to accompany them on family vacations. While air charter provides numerous advantages for pet owners the price can often be a barrier for many. For this reason, the founder of Pet Jets and aviation industry veteran Brian Fiske, MS started Pet Jets Travel Club to create an opportunity for pet owners to network and share flights as members. The member only portal of the Pet Jets website for Pet Jets Travel Club provides a networking page with trip requests from members with their contact information. Members can simply send their request to Pet Jets and their requests are posted to the networking page as well as the Pet Jets social media sites.  Once members find a trip they are interested in sharing, they simply contact the member that posted the trip. If there is a match, Pet Jets will then seek the best aircraft options based on availability and pricing for the matching party. The objective is by finding one party, members can then save 50% on the charter and thus making pet friendly air charter more affordable for many more pet owners. In addition, members have access to empty leg search software to seek discounted trips to save even more money with a database that is updated daily.

Want to learn more about Air Charter and how it works? Pet Jets founder Brian Fiske has produced an online course with our partners Le Bas International. All new members of Pet Jets Travel Club will also have access to this course for free as a bonus for joining.

For more information about Pet Jets Travel Club click this link or email us at info@petjets.com. Join Pet Jets Travel Club and share a flight today!

Dog moving tips

Dog Moving Tips from Pet Jets!

Dog Moving Tips

Moving from your house can be incredibly stressful, especially on the day when the removal men arrive and the house is put into utter chaos. Well if you think this is stressful, imagine what it’s like for your dog! Random men bowling through the house, moving all of your things without your permission and having to get out of their way all of the time. What a nightmare!
So here at here at FLEXiSPACE.com, we’ve come up with a guide to make this day far more enjoyable for your canine pal.
It covers what you should do before, during and after the move, and provides some fun games you can play to keep them entertained, as well as travel advice and some products that can chill out a dog that’s getting hot under the collar.
Enjoy! For information about using private jet charter to relocate with your pets, visit PetJets.com!
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by FLEXiSPACE.

Benefits of Having a Dog in Your Life

The World Health Organization declared April 7th, 2017 as World Health Day focusing on mental health. This year-long campaign aims to educate, raise awareness and help people suffering from mental illness.

Depression, Anxiety, and other mental health issues now affect over 300 million people worldwide according to the WHO and we think that more needs to be done to educate and inform just how tough this illness can be. It’s usually also the underlying cause of many other social issues.

Those of us who have a dog in our life, knows just how important they are for keeping us fit, socializing and living life to the full.

We think that having a dog in your life can really help with coping and so does Andy and the team at Pet Gear Lab. They’ve created this infographic to highlight 12 reasons why a dog can help you cope with depression and anxiety.

This is what it looks like:

12 reasons why a dog can help you cope with depression and anxiety.

Head on over to Andy’s site to find out more about how dogs are a great asset to your life

Traveling with dogs

Ultimate Road Trip Guide For Traveling With Dogs

Few things in life are as fun or rewarding as going on a long road trip with your dog in tow – however, there’s a lot of things to consider before going on a long trip with your dog. The bigger and greater the numbers of dogs you’re taking with you, the more difficult it become! We’ve taken our 140+ lbs of dogs on long multi-day road trips across the US and Canada, so we wanted to share what we have learned to make your road trips easier.

Let’s start out with this infographic we put together of our top tips to make your road trip as stress-free as possible. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the products we use that make our road trips much easier.

Stress-Free Road Trip With Your Dog Infographic

We compiled our best tips for reducing the stress of your trip into one helpful infographic! Take a look and feel free to share!

Stress-Free Road Trips With Your Dog

Stress-Free Road Trips With Your Dog, courtesy of Woof & Whiskers