Are you bored today? Spend some quality bonding time with your furry friend!
Your doggie is not just a pet. He or she is basically your companion in life for everything. You will be surprised that there are a lot of fun things to do with your dog beside the stereotypical ‘fetch’ and ‘play dead’ routines.
As a proud dog owner, you should never stop finding new and exciting things to do with your dog. Here are the top 7 fun things to do with your dog that your pooch will surely love.
1. Watch a movie
Imagine my surprise when I found out my Red Nose Pittie loves to lay down and watch movies with me. This may not be the most physical of activities but this time spent together is better than not spending much time together at all.
My dog loves to sit and lay down on the carpet while watching some Netflix. He particularly loves action and comedy shows. I make it a habit to place both my legs on his back. He, in return, answers by placing his paws on top of my feet as I sit on the sofa.
Movie time is never complete without some treats or chips. This is the best part! I don’t usually feed my dog salty chips but movie time deserves a special kind of treat.
Another alternative is to get in your car and bring your doggie to catch a drive-in movie. Make sure to bring along some chairs, a couple of warm blankets, drinking water, and some snacks to share during this activity!
2. Go shopping
You will be surprised at the plethora of pet-friendly shopping centers in your local area. However, some of the stores inside the shopping center might not allow pets to go inside, so ask ahead of time or bring a friend so you leave your dog outside while you shop. Don’t forget to bring a leash, doggie treats, water, and poop bags while you’re at it.
Taking your dog to a shopping mall is a great way to enhance the social skills of your pooch while spending some quality time together.
3. Go hiking or camping
Taking your dog for a hike is good exercise, but you need to prepare in advance. Your dog will have to be in perfect physical condition before deciding to hike up a mountain or off-road trail. With this in mind, you should give your dog at least a couple of weeks or a month of strenuous training before taking him/her to your next off-road adventure.
Of course, you should bring along enough food, doggy treats, poop bags, and drinking water to last the duration of the trip. It is also a good idea to bring a couple of blankets and an emergency kit just in case. If you plan to camp for the night, don’t forget to bring a tent.
Does climbing a mountain sound too extreme for you and your pooch? No worries. You can refer to your Local County or state park, or you can simply use Google Maps to search for green spots near you. You’ll never know what you’ll find unless you go there yourself, and I’m sure your doggie is just as curious as you!
4. Do some gardening
Does your dog love to dig? You can utilize those skills by doing some gardening with your doggie. This is great if your home is equipped with a big garden or lawn. You can even train your dog to ‘point and dig’ so the two of you can easily plant a tree or shrub.
Dogs love doing things with their masters, and gardening is one of them. You should bring your dog to the garden preferably an hour after dawn so the both of you can soak up some nourishing morning sun.
Of course, make sure to only use pet-friendly plants like sunflowers, orchids, hyacinth, snapdragons, or marigolds. Plants such as azalea, daffodil, morning glory, sweet pea, amaryllis, and tulips are poisonous to dogs and other pets, so please bear this in mind.
5. Spend time at the beach
Find the nearest pet-friendly beach and bring your dog for some fun under the sun! No beach nearby? Why not visit the nearest river or lake! Don’t forget to bring a dog life jacket and make sure that you are well-informed regarding the leash laws for pets at the beach.
You can play fetch or teach your dog to catch a Frisbee while at the beach. The trick is to simply allow Fido to soak up the sights and sounds and give him/her the freedom to frolic and play in the sand.
If your doggie is feeling a bit more adventurous, you can bring him/her for some surfing or stand-up paddle boarding. Of course, you will be the one who will do the paddling, but it doesn’t mean your doggie won’t have some fun in the process!
6. Go biking
If you’re a cycling enthusiast, why not take your dog with you when you go out in your bike? This is a great way for your pooch to burn off excess energy while you shed a couple of calories as well.
Of course, you should start at a moderately slow pace. You can allow your dog to run off-leash as long as the area is free from dangerous traffic. If your dog is a bit unpredictable, simply use a safety harness and a leash and allow Fido to run on the non-traffic side of your bicycle.
But if you really love your dog, why not install a pet basket in your bike so the two of you can literally ride along together? This is also ideal if your pooch gets tired from all those miles of running beside you as you bike.
7. Exercise with your dog
Come to think of it, this is actually a no-brainer. Instead of leaving your dog while you hit the gym, why not take your pooch for a jog or bring him to the park while you do some stretching? Your dog might even motivate you to run a couple more miles so you can stay in shape!
Since the two of you will be spending some time outdoors, don’t forget to bring the essentials (drinking water, treats, and poop bags) including the requisite leash and harness.
This list of the top 7 fun things to do with your dog is proof that you can never run out of activities that you and your dog can both enjoy. I hope that you use this list as the the launch to a never-ending adventure of fun doggie activities shared together! 😊