Hiking is a great exercise for your dog

If you own a breed which demands a ton of exercises then you know the struggle which we are all facing whenever our four-legged friends look us with those sad eyes. You put on the leash and go out to do  the same thing, either throw a ball or a frisbee or whatever else your dog loves to go after. Although these exercises are good and will probably satisfy the needs of your dog to run, it won’t really satisfy their needs to explore and to see new things. Dogs have such a need just as we do. If you’ve ever taken your dog to the mountain or any new place for that matter, you know how happy they are and just how exuberant they are when they feel something new, or catch a scent they don’t know. I for one have a Beagle, which we often take to a lake which is quite close to our home. We went there for a couple of days last Summer and the dog didn’t stop running the whole time. He was exhausted by the end of the day and slept like he was shot. Once the next day came, the dog was ready to go out and run like crazy for another 14 hours until the sun sets down again.

Once we had to head home, he got into the car and went to sleep. Two days later he seemed depressed like never before and I totally get where this came from. He had a fantastic time doing what he loves – exploring and smelling new things and we took this away from him at the end. For a number of reasons we couldn’t stay longer and I honestly felt bad for not providing him with such exercise more often. That’s why I pledged to my girlfriend that we’ll take him hiking at least once a month in the months that allow it. Beagles are notoriously energetic and there are just a few other breeds that have such amounts of energy and this is actually one of the requirements for a dog to be a  good hiking companion.

I thought that Beagles are good for hiking, because my beagle Harvey is really well trained and would never run away from me. He’s actually a bit scared to leave my sight and almost never does it. I never thought that every Beagle is like  that, but I really had a good opinion about combining beagles and hiking. As it turns out they aren’t that popular in the hiking communities throughout the world and there’s a list of breeds good for hiking and if you look at this list, you’ll see that there are only dogs with medium to high energy levels. From Jack Russell Terriers to Border Collies all of the dogs are really energetic, but the thing that separates them from my beagle for example is that all of these breeds are known to be really obedient and easily trained. Well may be except the Weims, we all know that Weimaraners aren’t really the easiest to train. Anyway, hiking is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise which in most cases is better than jogging and burns more calories. There’s also a good article on livestrong.com about losing weight while hiking, so I really believe that  you’re better off taking your dog on a hiking trip, rather than going to the same boring park and throwing a ball to your dog. The fact is that you’re both going to benefit from it and it’s not far fetched to say that while you’re exercising your dog, you’ll also exercise yourself and you’ll both feel much more alive. Imagine that taking your dog to the park is basically going to your 9 to 5 job over and over again. Now put yourself in the dogs position and think, would you rather go to the same old boring place, or would you prefer to see a place you’ve never been before.

That’s what I  thought, so go out there and start hiking with your dog. Unless it’s an english bulldog, but then again, what kind of owner of an english bulldog would be interested in dog exercises.

Boxer dog breed

boxer breed

Boxer physical characteristics

Varieties: a) fawn; b) brindle

Medium in size, robust but harmonious and elegant. The head is square with short muzzle to the skull: the proportion is 1/2. This is a dog undershot, with the mandible which is slightly more advanced than the jaw. This type of dentition is a fault in most breeds but it is prescribed in the standard of the Boxer. The eyes are very dark. The ears can be cut to a point or left whole: in the latter case, they fall forward with a slight bend. The tail is set high, cut short and carried erect or left to natural.

Coat: short, hard, shiny and adherent.
Color: yellow (in different tones, from dark red to light tawny yellow) or brindle. The white patches are permissible provided they represent less than one third of the base color.
Size: 57-63 cm for males and 53 to 59 cm for females
Weight: 30-38 kg for males and 24-32 kg for females

Origins and history

It descends from the former “Bullenbeisser” (catcher bulls), and in particular the bulls Dog Brabant, a type of Bullenbeisser less stocky and more flexible. The current type of topics in exhibitions since the end of last century.

Character and abilities

This is one of the most balanced fighting dogs and having the best character. The Boxer is very gentle with children and love them so much that we could award him the prize for “best babysitter on all fours in the world.” He is gay, playful and friendly with everyone, unless someone wants to his master or his property. In this case, it becomes a terrible opponent. It is not easy to train for a layman, but it gives wonderful results if it is entrusted to expert hands. However, even if it is not prepared, it spontaneously fills the gatekeeper function and advocate, especially for children. It remains sociable and even old player one.


Like all dogs, the Boxer can have respiratory problems in the event of excessive heat.

Average life expectancy: 10 years


The Boxer can live in a garden, even during the winter, it has a suitable shelter, but he prefers to live inside with his teachers because of its extremely sociable character. It should never be left in a car in direct sunlight or in a garden without the opportunity to get in the shade. In one house, he does not lose his hair but he drools a little.

Information and tips

As it is a very common dog, we can find puppies. Simply, it is not always selected topics correctly. So it is always advisable to contact a good breeding because unselected dogs might not have the wonderful character of which we spoke. If you consider the fact that drool in the house is very annoying, you should choose a female because she drool less than the male. Keep following this blog for more dog breed reviews and lots of curious information. Let us know if you have any tips or suggestions how to improve our work and give you a better reading experience.