Camping HammockWhat’s the first picture that pops into your head when someone mentions camping? Probably tents, or more specifically, sleeping in tents. The two activities have been linked together for so long that it is hard to conceive of a camping trip without the experience of tents included. However, recently, that picture in your head may start to change in accordance with the growing popularity of the hammock. Thanks to the various changes in design and material that they have undergone in the last few decades, hammocks are no longer just applicable for swinging in the backyard of your home on a lazy summer day but also as an alternative to tents everywhere in the world.

Easier to Set Up

What sets apart the hammock as an appropriate choice of sleeping accommodation? First of all, it is easier to set up. Compared to the troubles we go to for making up bed mattresses or fixing tent poles, a regular hammock only takes around two minutes to be set up. For those who may be wondering about not being able to find bolts to hook the hammock onto, these products nowadays come with a freestanding hammock stand you can hook the material onto.

Easier to Dry Off

Best Camping HammockThe Best Camping Hammocks come in very handy during trips in the rainy season. While tents may naturally seem like the better option regarding protection from the rainwater, it is also harder to dry off after every night. Hammocks take less time to dry off and in addition to that, it also relieves you from the discomfort of sleeping amidst puddles and mud from the rain.

Mosquito Netting

Apart from the free stand, hammocks also offer various other facilities. It has a mosquito netting that covers the entire hammock, also running along the sides. Inside the hammock, there is a ridgeline where you can store important items like your cell phone or a small torch. There may also be another ridgeline outside the hammock from which you can hang your backpack and other gear or let your boots dry off.

Good for Your Health

Camping Hammock

As well as being quality-assured, these hammocks are also health-approved. It has been proven that sleeping in hammocks come with health benefits. One such benefit comes from the sleeping position, which requires you to lie down on your back with the head slightly upwards; this position is encouraged by doctors to increase blood flow to the brain. Hammocks are also optimal for reducing body pain overall.

Helps You to Sleep Faster

And lastly, it helps you to sleep faster. After a long day of trekking or other physical activity, what any backpacker would want is a good night’s sleep. The very idea of being cocooned into a tight blanket that radiates warmth should be enough to put you to sleep the second you lay on the hammock.

In conclusion, it would be hard to find a reason not to opt for a hammock: it is any backpacker’s dream come true. However, proper knowledge and a little bit of practice are encouraged to make your experience even more fruitful!

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Dogs have often been called man’s best friend. The reason for this comparison is simple, dogs are loyal, kind, and loving…no matter what they will never leave your side when they are treated with love.

Dogs are one of the low maintenance animals to keep. They will never fail to let you know when they want to play, when they are hungry, and when they need to go to the bathroom. When caring for your dog, be sure to not over feed. Overfeeding can cause a multitude of health problems.

Be sure to wash your inside dog at least once a month with mild flea soap strong enough to kill fleas, ticks and their eggs. This will also condition their skin so they will not be irritated by dryness. Frontline and Advantage are the best flea and tick products to buy for your dog.

Spaying a neutering is extremely helpful to maintain loyalty to you and your family. If your dog is not fixed and is easily distracted by the opposite sex then your dog’s priority can become confused.

Also be sure that your dog gets de-wormed and has its Parvo and Rabies shot by its vet as needed. This is absolutely mandatory for the safety of your dog.

For large dogs a healthy menu should consist of 2 cups three times daily of dry dog food. Once in a while table scraps and or wet dog food is good to give as a treat…but remember not to over do it. Over eating can cause serious health problems.

Perhaps the most important maintenance requirement when caring for your dog is to play with it regularly. Exercise is just as good for dogs as it is for humans. Taking then to the lake, wilderness excursions, hunting, to the park, vacations, and even your favorite sporting events with your friends can create a bond that is unbreakable to man’s best friend.

If you wanted to train your dog simple commands can be quite easy to portray. For instance, telling your dog to “Protect” when ever you leave is a good place to start. The next step in this particular training would be to have someone in a thickly padded jump suit, hat/mask come to a window or a door and try to get in. It is important that you are home for the first few attempts as you will need to be present to reward your faithful companion with encouraging words and a treat when your dog barks to warn you…not to mention to keep this exercise a safe one. If however your dog does not bark, you should then reiterate the command “Protect” and encourage your dog to let you know there is someone trespassing.

This can be a very valuable response. Your dog will become an exceptionally compassionate alarm system that will be pleased to announce any and all potential danger to you and your family. This will signify a bond making him realize that he is now a part of the family.

These are just a few of the main points when caring for your dog.

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There is a portion of animal owners (myself included) that have a difficult time finding a bed big enough for our “mammoth” dogs. Unless you are willing to share your own bed with your canine companion then you need to find them a bed of their own. If you care about the physical condition and wellbeing of your big guy then there’s no better way to ensure good bone and joint strength than choosing a large memory foam dog bed. There are very little places you can find these beds in the larger sizes, especially if you are shopping at your area pet supplier, but via the internet you can find a extensive range of these beds available. There is such a broad selection that you will most likely be overwhelmed by the abundance of selections. So here are a few key points on choosing the right bed for you and your pet.

Why a Memory Foam Bed?

I do not and will not endorse any other type of bed for these large canines. Large sized pets are at a incredibly high danger for joint problems, hip dysplasia and arthritis so providing them with a bed that can help avoid or reduce these troubles is an vital aspect for their health and longevity. Orthopedic memory foam beds relieve and avert these issues while giving your dog the support they need for their giant frames. A large memory foam dog bed has a soft feel like to gel that adjusts to the dog’s body figure and pressure points for maximum resiliency and comfort.

What size do you need?

Large dogs need more room to stretch out so take into consideration the mass of your dog before choosing their bed. Just to be on the safe side, get out the tape measure. If you are selecting a bed for your new puppy opt for one that is large enough so they don’t outgrow it. Search the internet for the normal size and weight of your pet breed/breeds when they are completely grown. This will give you a better ballpark figure on how large they will actually be. Always choose one size larger to be on the safe side. This will save you a lot of money in the long run in case your dog outgrows your estimation.

Durability

Larger dog breeds tend to be harder on their possessions, so choosing a bed made with durable, quality materials is a must. These huge breeds tend to chew, drool and dig more than their smaller cousins so it is key to keep an eye on what the cover textile on a large memory foam dog bed is made out. The covering needs to be a machine washable, removable cover so you can keep them sterile and fresh. A good pick is canvas and micro fibers, which are stain resistant, and simple to clean. Also you also want to look for a bed with an antibacterial, mildew resistant and water repellant lining. There are only a few color picks obtainable with these beds but you can purchase replacement covers or if you are good with a sewing machine it is not strenuous to make your own if you want a special color to match your home furnishings. I have made several replacement covers for my dog’s bed just so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Consider your large memory foam dog bed to be an investment for a lifetime. It is key that you make size, durability and comfort a priority rather than aesthetics and cost. Of course, if you shop on-line you have a better probability of finding a good quality bed that fits his needs at bargain prices.

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