Did you know that South Africa is ranked as one of the top countries for outdoor enthusiasts? From our Kruger National Park down to Table Mountain, the country has a diverse ecosystem of forests, mountains, coastlines and deserts.
But if you want to take your dog with on your next outdoor adventure, you may run into a few challenges. Even your well-behaved pup can present a danger to delicate ecosystems: wildlife could be endangered, diseases can be passed on, and even scents left behind can be distressing to the local wildlife.
Instead of leaving your four-legged friend at home, we’ve put together a list of some of the best dog-friendly spots around the country.
But first – is your pup ready for a big adventure?
A dog’s fitness will be influenced by their lifestyle and training, but in many ways, it comes down to genetics. Some pups are simply made to lounge around all day (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), but that doesn’t mean they can’t adventure too – you just need to keep a careful eye on them and not push them harder than their bodies allow.
Some of the most active dog breeds include dalmatians, jack russels, golden retrievers, border collies and viszlas, while some of the least active pups include basset hounds, English bulldogs, chow chows, malteses and shih tzus.
While some dogs can be conditioned to hike over 30km a day, if your pup isn’t trained and healthy, they can struggle after even a few kilometers. Here are some key points to assess before you hit the great outdoors:
Get your pup hiking fit
Put your sweatband on, press play on the Rocky soundtrack, and let’s start your dog’s training!
Ready to go?
Before you pack up the car (and your pup), keep these tips in mind to ensure you have a safe journey:
And we’re off!
Before you start your adventure, make sure your four-legged friend is in the best shape (and health) of their life with pet insurance. Get an online, obligation free quote.
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