If you have a highly active dog, you understand the need to get her out and keep her busy. But what if you’ve just moved to a new city, or are yearning for some dog-friendly ideas that are a little more inspired than fetch in the park? Start your search on MeetUp.com. No matter whether you’re in New York, LA, or Gainesville, TX, there are great MeetUp groups for any interest and activity level. From dog surfing groups, to active dog adventures, to snow hiking, you’re sure to find some new canine companions with similar interests and energy level and maybe a few fun humans, too. However, while Meetups are a great way to satisfy the needs of your active dog, the extra exertion can cause undue physical stress. Here are a few things to bear in mind as you plan your adventures:
Highly active dogs are more prone to joint trauma and arthritis than their less active counterparts. Running, ball chasing, traversing agility courses, and roughhousing with other dogs are all activities that put more stress on the canine body than lower-impact activities like walking around your neighborhood or inside your house. Working dogs that engage in search and rescue, police service, and other pursuits that require them to stand or engage in directed activities for extended periods of time are also more prone to increased joint wear and tear. Providing active dogs with the joint-supporting and natural anti-inflammatory benefits of ActivPhy can contribute to their ongoing ability to be active or perform during work and play.
As the leaves begin to change and there’s a crispness in the air, get out with your active dog and try something new and unexpected. If you’re looking to meet new people and pups, find the right group for you on MeetUp! But, don’t forget the ActivPhy.
p.s. Let us know if you belong to a fun dog-related MeetUp by posting about it (with pictures!) on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.