New Activities for You and Your Dog
Dogs have a funny way of getting us people to spend more time having fun. And the only thing better than doing your favorite activity with your dog is finding a new favorite thing to do together. Here are some ideas for spicing up your usual. You and your pooch will love them!
If Your Dog Loves Running ... Try Agility
Does your dog spin around in circles when he realizes he's about to go for a run? Then try agility, an activity that lets him run, but challenges him a little more. You can sign up your furry little athlete for agility training classes, or you can set up an obstacle course in your backyard. If you're setting up your own, don't forget tunnels, weave poles, a big ramp, and tire jumps. Whee!
If Your Dog Loves Fetch ... Try Flyball
If your pup is a big fan of fetch, then she may really love flyball. Flyball is a competitive sport where teams of four dogs jump over hurdles, catching a flyball at the end and returning the ball to you. That's right—an organized sport for dogs. Try it out by signing up for classes in your area. Just don't be surprised if your dog gets way into it. So, if the dogs are the athletes, does that make us humans the mascots?
If Your Dog Loves Treats and Toys ... Try a Puzzle Toy
Does your dog love treats like nothing else—except maybe toys? Then take it to the next level with an interactive puzzle toy. These feeders keep your dog occupied as he tries to figure out the secret to getting the treat dispensed. You might even get a few different kinds and alternate them so the activities stay fresh and new. It's also good exercise for that busy little brain of his.
If Your Dog Loves Riding in the Car ... Try Boating
A dog who can't get enough of car rides might go absolutely crazy for a boat ride. Fit your dog with a nice life vest first and, of course, make sure he's an advanced swimmer before going on this outing. He might love to feel the wind whipping through his fur as you sail the waters and watch the setting sun together. Ahoy!
If Your Dog Loves Hiking ... Try Camping
Do you love to take your dog out for a nice hike in the woods? That exercise and fresh air are great for her. If she just can't get enough, then make it an overnight camping trip. Not only can you hike to her heart's content, but the things she loves about hiking—new smells, fresh air, glimpses of squirrels—will be everywhere, all day and night. And bonus: She'll love sleeping next to you under the stars.
If Your Dog Loves Hanging Out Under the Dinner Table ... Try a Canine-Friendly Restaurant
Dogs love routine, so many enjoy taking their place below or next to the dinner table with their family every night, even though it's just a spectator sport. If that's your dog, include them in your nights out as well. More and more places have outside patios where patrons and their dogs can chill over a drink and a meal. Table for four...paws, that is.
If Your Dog Loves Play Dates ... Try Group Geocaching
Does your dog absolutely love meeting other pups and going on play dates? Then try getting the entire group involved in a mini-adventure. Group geocaching is like a scavenger hunt. You use a smartphone app to hunt down treasures left by other geocachers. Does that make you and your dog pirates? Yes. Yes it does.
If Your Dog Loves Meeting People ... Try Being a Therapy Dog
If your dog takes a shine to new people and is gentle with children, look into getting him certified as a therapy dog. Then you can visit nursing homes or children's hospitals and make a difference in people's lives, while your dog gets all the people visits he craves. Call your local hospital or nursing home to learn their requirements.
All it takes is a little imagination to find your dog's next favorite activity. And because some new activities require new skills, keep some Pup-Peroni® Jerky Bites dog treats around. They're great training treats.
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