It’s unbelievably hot in Seattle this summer, so what’s a hiking service to do? I’ve been wanting to develop a good swim program anyhow, but a lot of the beaches offer inconvenient footing for running dogs. Here’s a few things I learned:
- Depending on where the tide is at, even limited running on the beaches in the Pacific NW can result in serious cuts to their feet from the exposed barnacles.
- Finding a dog-friendly beach where your dog isn’t mobbed by other dogs isn’t easy, and dogs aren’t welcome everywhere.
- Jumping around and landing on underwater rocks is risky.
- Dogs aren’t good about easing into exercise with a nice warm up or cool down. And settling in to a functional pace is preferable to ballistic sprints, although tuning up those fast-twitch muscles has it’s uses (especially for agility dogs!). So, most dogs need to be managed and directed to use their body correctly. A difficult feat from a distance while your dog’s in the water.
So, that’s how the dogs “convinced me” to
Beat the Heat with a “dog boat”!