Whether you have an interest in getting ready for the popular winter sport of skijoring, or you simply want to get outside in the summer sunshine, you and your pet are in for a special treat this summer. Billings – and all of Montana – has some pretty spectacular outdoor opportunities for everyone, and our summer weather is second to none. Summer fitness for your pet should be a priority number one, and we hope to add to his or her health with the following ideas and guidelines.
Your lucky pet may have all the required accoutrements for your backyard agility course or cat maze and, if so, right on! Looking for some ideas for full-body conditioning and toning? Try the seriously fun Balance Disk or the K9 Fit Bone. Likewise, a user-friendly pet treadmill used in the coolness of your home’s AC cultivates stamina and endurance needed for next year’s hunting or skijoring season.
If you’re training for longer, steeper hikes, you could ride to the trailheads on your bike while your pup rides behind you in his or her dog trailer.
Tagg is probably one of the coolest pet fitness gadgets out there because it tracks your pet’s activity from his or her collar. Tagg “points” add up throughout the day to give you a window into your pet’s daily exercise level and duration – together and apart. This device also tracks your pet’s location through GPS and, in case he or she travels away from you while on a hike or away from home, you’ll know where to find your fitness friend.
If you and your pet are conditioned and ready to explore some of Montana’s trails and backcountry, you certainly have your work cut out for you. It’s always a good idea to bring your four-legged friend to see us so we can assess overall health, approve of summer fitness for your pet, and make specific recommendations regarding his or her hiking capabilities. We can advise you on:
Saddlebags and Other Stuff
Your dog can be outfitted in all manner of outdoor gear that will hopefully add to his or her enjoyment and capability:
Summer Fitness For Your Pet (And You!)
We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures this summer, and hope that your pet remains safe and happy. Remember to keep your pet cool, hydrated, and protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Please let us know how we can support additional summer fitness for your pet, and encourage more memory-making activities under our big sky.