Micro adventures are an excellent way for dog owners to use the power of adventure in everyday life without having to travel with the dog, buy expensive equipment or spend weeks researching information about the country and its people. In addition, shared adventures strengthen the bond between humans and dogs. The main question behind the idea of the micro-adventure is: why not start today? Or even better: why not start with a dog today? You can certainly make these six adventures a reality.
Have you ever been to sea with your dog? You don’t have to travel far to do this, there are parks with ponds and boat rentals in every major city. So off to new shores!
Stand up paddling with a dog is becoming increasingly popular. © stock.adobe.com/Shakarrigrafie
Geocaching is a bit out of fashion, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. There are uncomplicated apps and great tours that show you new ways. Usually it is even indicated whether the tour is also suitable for dogs.
Include every tree on your next walk around as best you can! Practice sending your dog around, hiding treats in the bark while the dog waits, let him climb over logs, and hide food or objects behind them.
Fallen trees are a great obstacle. © stock.adobe.com/davidmatthaeus
Try not to use your voice for a walk. Exercise with body language and visual cues. Entice your dog by clapping hands, but do not make a sound with your mouth. Good practice for figuring out how much we are talking to our dogs unnecessarily.
Backpacking with a dog is also possible on a small scale. There are indeed dogs who find it good to carry things, even on their backs. In particular, these are often breeds that were previously used for pulling work. For backpacking you need a harness with panniers. In addition, you can pack your dog’s food ration in there so that he can hunt his food bags himself on the walk.
Your own dog is a good motivator against your own weaker self. He’s forcing you to go out! And so that you can do something for yourself, you can put on a pair of sports shoes and comfortable clothes and do a few exercises outside: push-ups on park benches, wall-seats on trees and mountain climbers while the dog fetches. Set a number beforehand so that you can regularly check your personal increase.
Canicross challenges dog and owner. © stock.adobe.com/Soloviova Liudmyla