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Walking a Dog Using A Self Balancing Scooter – Is It A Good Idea?

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Walking a Dog Using A Self Balancing Scooter – Is It A Good Idea

Self Balancing Scooters have exploded in popularity over the past year. With videos of people using them for a wide range of activities, it was only a matter of time before people walking their dogs would become a thing. Let’s take a moment to consider this and whether or not walking a dog with a self balancing scooter is a good idea.

Conditions To Consider

1. Temperament Of The Dog

A self balancing scooter is a terrible idea if your dog as a bad temperament. A bad temperament is demonstrated through them straining on their leash and bolting after small animals that they may see. Both of these behaviors may knock you off your self balancing scooter and make it dangerous to ride. Before considering it, make sure your dog has the right temperament for walking.

2. Familiarity With A Self Balancing Scooter

How familiar are you with a self balancing scooter? The more familiar you are, the easier it will be to walk a dog while riding along. There is a learning curve when it comes to using self balancing scooters and having a familiarity with them first can be incredibly useful if you want to eventually use them to walk your dog with. Be sure to walk your dog in places with few other distractions at first. This will give you the opportunity to become comfortable with a dog on a leash as you navigate using your self balancing scooter.

3. Battery Life

For a self balancing scooter to be good for dog walking, the battery life has to be long enough to last the entire length of the walk. The self balancing scooter will require some way to charge it prior to walking to ensure that any walk ends with you reaching your flat before you run out of power. You should review the models of self balancing scooters available to see what model can most easily be recharged and have the length of time necessary to last for your entire trip.

The Self Balancing Scooter Is A Good Idea For The Following Reasons

1. Excellent Option For Those Who Cannot Walk

Some dog owners do not have the physical ability to walk their dog every day. Making it easier for them, the self balancing scooter helps to keep them mobile with their canine friend without having to worry about the distance covered. When charged every day before the walk, there will typically be enough power to get you through a walk without any worries.

 

2. Self Balancing Scooter Is Light Weight

The majority of self balancing scooters on the market are light weight. This makes them easily portable from your second story flat and makes carrying them while walking your dog easy. In addition, if you need to stop riding the self balancing scooter at any point during your walk, they are light weight enough to carry for the remainder of your walk.

3. Durable Tires Provide Plenty Of Friction

Tire friction and durability is key when walking a dog. A dog may suddenly pull, requiring your self balancing scooter to provide the friction necessary to keep you in place. Thankfully, self balancing scooters provide the necessary friction to keep you and your dog in place, even if your dog suddenly starts pulling. While it will not protect you against your dog pulling like crazy, the tire durability and friction is more than enough if your animal is well behaved.

Remember, after a long walk it is best to allow you pet to rest on a comfortably. What better way to do that than to invest in a good dog bed. See our tips on choosing one here!

Tips on Choosing a Good Dog Bed

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Tips on Choosing a Good Dog Bed

Even though new research shows that man’s best friend is descendant from the wildest of wolves in ancient times, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to treat these very little family members as though we were still in the middle of the Stone Age – especially when it comes to where they sleep!

Now, the overwhelming majority of dog owners out there are going to welcome Fido right up into their bed when it’s time to go to sleep, but not everyone is going to be quite is willing to have a bed partner like this.  And even those that do may still wish to get their hands on a quality dog bed so that their dogs never have to know the aches and joint pain that can come from sleeping on a hard floor.

Finding the right dog bed is a bit of a challenge, however. It’s not like dog owners can just head to websites like http://www.choosemattress.com/ where they can find reviews on the best mattress in market when they are looking for dog beds. Because there are so many different options to pick and choose from finding the right one can be a nightmare – unless of course you know exactly what you should be looking for.

Hopefully this quick guide will shine a little bit of light on your options and point you in the right direction.

Shall we dive right in?

Let’s!

Comfort is king when you’re looking for a new dog bed

Obviously, you’re going to be looking to purchase a new dog bed for your furry little family member that’s going to allow them to be just as comfortable as possible when they are taking naps or laying down for the night.

However, a dog bed that is comfortable for one animal may not be all that comfortable for the rest there just like people, some dogs prefer a soft and squishy bed made out of memory foam where others prefer something a bit more “resilient” – like those made out of foamcore.

You might want to experiment with different fill types until you find one that your dog is really crazy about. Having said that, it’s really tough to go wrong with memory foam!

Durability is absolutely essential as well

Dogs have a funny little tendency of digging in their beds to “nest”, for chewing on their beds to calm themselves down, and for tugging and tearing on pretty much anything and everything they can get their mouths around.

This is why you’ll want to be certain that your dog bed is both comfortable and designed with durability in mind. High quality materials (including ripstop materials) are important, and top-notch construction is also essential. You don’t want to have to spend money on a high quality dog bed only to find out it isn’t going to last any longer than a week or two.

Maintenance and cleanup is also a big part of durability. Look for dog beds that have waterproof covers (to avoid any accidents) as well as covers that can be effortlessly zipped off and thrown right into the washing machine.

Keep these things in mind and you will be certain to get your hands on the best dog bed for your four-legged best friend!

Also read our post on Custom Dog Beds from Canines Natural!