Dachshund owners, like a lot of people, are discovering a desire to get back to basics, simplify their life, and connect with nature.
We are surrounded by so much stuff competing for our time – our cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, Email, people who need something from us, etc.
Getting out in the woods with our Dachshund and unplugging, even for a few hours, can get us away from that stuff and allow us to relax and spend time connecting with nature, ourselves, and our dog.
Hiking is accessible for most people both physically and financially. If you can walk, you can hike.
You can find trail terrain to fit almost any ability level and you can make it an easy stroll or hard, fast push to the top.
Also, you don’t need high-tech gear to start (although we admit we are gear-heads and love high-tech gadgets).
Exercising with your dog is increasing in popularity as a trend too.
Everywhere I look these days, articles are popping up on the subject and, as you probably know, I’m a huge advocate of that – both for fun and for fitness.
Some people are surprised, but Dachshunds have many traits that make them great hikers.
Sounds like it is a match made in heaven to me – hiking and exercising with your dog.
So what are the benefits of hiking with your Dachshund?
7 Benefits of Hiking With Your Dachshund
1) Fewer behavior issues
A tired Dachshund is less likely to act out or misbehave at home.
Your dog will be tuckered out when you get home and more interested in sleeping than getting into the garbage or barking at every leaf that blows by your house.
2) A relatively easy workout
Adventuring with your Dachshund in the woods is a great workout that doesn’t feel like work.
Your focus will be on the beauty of nature and your dog’s enjoyment rather than how hard you are huffing and puffing.
3) A better relationship with your Dachshund
You and your Dachshund can bond and learn to trust each other more.
Take it from me, something magical happens when you and your dog are alone in the woods together.
You learn more about your doxie’s behavior and limits and they look to you for guidance.
4) It changes your perspective
When you kike with your Dachshund, you experience the trail from a new perspective.
Certain things on the trail catch your eye. Certain things on the trail will catch your Dachshund’s eye (and nose).
Those probably won’t be the same things so you can experience the trail the way your dog sees it.
5) It helps to prevent pet obesity
Dachshunds are prone to obesity and keeping your doxie fit and trim is one of the best things you can do to protect them from a back injury.
Hiking with your Dachshund will help them maintain a healthy weight.
6) It reduces stress and anxiety
Hiking, moving, and breathing fresh air can reduce stress and anxiety for both you and your Dachshund.
Blue is known to have a calming, sedative effect and the green is soothing and refreshing. Both colors are abundant in the outdoors.
Negative ions – invisible molecules that we inhale when hiking in the mountains, near waterfalls, and on beaches – are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood-boosting chemical serotonin.
Serotonin can help to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
7) It gives you both a legal high
Like people, dogs experience increased levels of endorphins after exercise.
Endorphins make you happy. They’re like nature’s opiates and are responsible for the human “runner’s high”.
Hiking with your Dachshund has many benefits – both for you and them.
And there are several reasons your Dachshund will love hiking.
It’s an enjoyable workout that you can make as easy or challenging as you want and it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment and gear to get started.
If you’re new to hiking though, don’t make the same hiking mistakes I did though.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.