There’s never a dull day when you have a dog in your life. If spending quality time with your dog is your favorite activity, you’re in good company. Doing activities with your furry friend not only strengthens your bond, but also provides physical and mental stimulation, which promotes overall good health.
As you already know, anything you do is going to be better together, but in case you’re out of ideas and want to switch things up, we’ve come up with some fun things to do with your furry friend.
Most dogs love to ride in the car. You can take your dog along if you’re visiting friends or family. Include a side trip to do some shopping with your furry friend at a dog friendly store. Some dogs love to look at pet supply stores. You can also stock up on toys together.
Pick a place your furry friend likes to go and take them on an outing to make them happy. This counts as a fun thing too because it lets your dog experience a different environment. A hike in the forest gives your dog a chance to explore and to enjoy the natural environment. Maybe there is a lake or beach where your dog likes to swim.
Maybe there is a dog-friendly pub, restaurant or café in your neighborhood where you could go and hang out with your best canine friend for a while. Some stores allow dogs on leash so your dog could just enjoy roaming round the store with you. Or your dog could just come for a ride-along in the car, or to visit a friend or family member who your dog likes to see. The aim is to find something you know your dog will enjoy, so take your dog’s preferences into account.
Playing hide-and-seek with a clothing item or a toy can be a tracking challenge for your dog. Setting up a dog-friendly “egg hunt” is a great way to test your dog’s sense of smell and scent game skills. The fun thing is, egg hunts can be assembled in your own yard, or anywhere inside your home if you get creative with the space you’ve got. Egg hunts with your furry friend are a fun activity for the whole family, so long as safety remains a top priority.
Go for swimming with your little buddy, but before you do, make sure the beach or lake is dog-friendly and that you bring a bath towel for your Waggy dog. Take your dog on a boat ride.
No matter what season you’re in, there’s always fun just outside your door. Run through a sprinkler, or play fetch with snowballs during a snowstorm, but carefully covering your dog with a dog coat or a jacket.
Give your dog a mani-pedi or a spa session. Book a doga session for your furry friend and put a new spin on downward dog pose. Try rollerblading. Visit a wide-open field to let your furry friend run off leash and chase squirrels. Visit a pumpkin patch together. Find your nearest off-leash dog park and let your furry friend do some mingling or go on a walking tour of your city with your faithful companion and make pit-stops at all of your city’s pet friendly spots for treats.
Eat on the patio at a dog-friendly restaurant. Go fishing together, put your dog in charge of guarding the bait and have fun. Go on a canoe trip. Visit a nursing home or hospital and cheer up patients. No matter the age, dogs like to learn new tricks, so give them a challenge by teaching them some amazing new ways to impress you and your friends. Go for a run or jog together. Try rollerblading.
If you haven’t taken a vacation with your furry friend yet, give it some thought. It can be very rewarding to have your dog as your faithful companion on your adventure. You can go to beaches and other attractions. Plan an overnight camping trip.
Watch a canine-friendly flick together and snuggle up for a nap. Sometimes the simple pleasures in life make the best memories. Remember, your dog loves spending time with you, so get out there with your faithful companion and have some fun!
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