It’s sunny summertime and more and more George and Fenway are chomping at the bit to get to the park. It’s easy for them, they just have to attach the leads to the humans and we can head out the door. For me, though, I need to make sure my beautiful boys have everything they need for a terrific trip! That’s why, at the start of summer, I like to put together a ‘go bag’ that’s easy to grab on the way out the door. Now, here’s my 5 tips for putting together your go bag:
1.This one doesn’t strictly stay in the bag, but I keep a big bottle of water in the fridge (even better, a bottle of healthy mouth) to drop in the bag on the way out. A trip to the park is a whole lot of fun, but it can leave my boys feeling hot and thirsty. With the hot Australian summer, dehydration can be a real worry, especially for short nosed dogs. So when your fur baby starts panting, grab the water bottle and and pour some into your…
2. Handy and accessible travel bowl. Ok, so it doesn’t have to be a ‘travel’ bowl but anything that packs flat fits really nicely in a bag. Otherwise, take a cup, bowl or even a Tupperware container. It seems so simple in hindsight, but the number of times I’ve grabbed a bottle of water but don’t have a way to let my dogs drink have left me always remembering.
3. Plastic Bags are another crucial item for dog walks to the park, beach or anywhere else for that matter. I leave 3 or 4 bags in the front pocket so I can pick up their doggy business. It can get tempting to just keep walking and leave the cleaning up to someone else, but a little courtesy goes a long way.
4. One that you may not have thought of is a small towel. We have a drawer of designated ‘doggy’ towels that we switch out every time we take a walk and they have a whole bunch of uses. If we’re headed to the beach, they help to clean a very happy dog of both water and sand, but even if we’re headed to the park, a towel is useful for cleaning up and, on really hot days, you can douse it in water and cool your dog down.
5. Last but definitely not least, we have the most essential item in the go bag; treats, of course! If your dogs are anything like mine, the moment we get to the park, they’re like rebellious teenagers. They run away, they don’t listen and they want to hang out with their friends not their mummy. The only way I can get them to come back to me is with a little handful of their favourite treats (substitute this for toys if your dog is that way motivated). If you are carrying treats, keep an eye out for other dogs, as they can get a little boisterous when the food appears. If you are going to feed other dogs, just check with mummy and daddy first, they might have allergies.
That’s it for me. My ‘go bag’ is packed and ready right next to the front door. Just don’t say W-A-L-K in front of Georgie unless you’re ready to go. Do you have a ‘go bag’ for walks? What do you keep in it? Let us know in the comments!