Owning a dog means you have a constant companion and a never-ending source of fun. No matter what breed your dog is, they’ll be thrilled to engage with you. Interacting with your dog isn’t just fun for you, it’s beneficial for them too. By keeping them physically and mentally stimulated, you’re helping to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Of course, variety is the spice of life, so it’s important to mix things up when you’re playing with your canine. If you want to enjoy the time you and your dog spend together, take a look at these top ways to have fun with your dog…
1. Tour your town
There’s no better way to explore than via a walking tour so play the tourist for a day a rediscover your local area. With a customized route you can cater to your own fitness levels and your dog’s energy level, so it’s ideal for dog owners and pups. With the chance to see the sights and explore on your own terms, you can check out your town’s dog-friendly attractions in the process.
2. Create a dog-friendly puzzle
Dogs need to be mentally stimulated, so puzzle games are a great way to relieve boredom and keep them engaged. While there are plenty of activity-based dog toys on sale, you can make your own bespoke puzzles with an old tennis ball and some tasty treats. As a perfect indoor game, puzzles are a great way to prevent boredom when the weather prevents you from taking long walks with your dog.
3. Give your pup a makeover
Some pups love being pampered while others balk at the sound of the shower. Nevertheless, grooming is an important part of keeping your dog healthy and comfortable. When you’re done, reward them with Luxe dog collars and they’ll be the best-dressed dog in town. With dog-friendly products, it’s easy to keep your dog’s coat shiny, while regular trims will prevent matting and tangling.
4. Try agility training
If your dog has already got obedience commands down to a tee, it might be time to start thinking about agility training. It gives your dog a great opportunity to burn off excess energy and tires out their mind too. With classes all over the country, you won’t have to go far to find a suitable session for your furry friend. Dogs love to please (although it may not always seem like it!), so they’ll relish the chance to follow your commands around the training ring.
5. Take a bike ride
Riding a bike may not sound like a dog-friendly activity but it definitely can be! It takes some time to get used to holding a leash and cycling, so be sure to practice before you start out on the bike trails. Depending on your dog’s energy levels, you may want to invest in a basket or dog trailer so you can give them a lift when they start to get tired!
6. Take a vacation
Dogs like exploring new places just as much as humans, so why not plan a dog-friendly vacation? With plenty of dog-friendly hotels available, you can take your canine companion with you to almost any location. Whether you hit the beach, walk in the countryside or explore the snow, your dog will love investigating a new location with you.
7. Have a puppy playdate
If you have a puppy or young dog, socializing is extremely important. Once they have their vaccinations, it can be a good idea to introduce them to other dogs. Many older dogs enjoy canine company too, so this can be a great way to keep them active. Meeting a neutral location is a good idea when introducing dogs to one another, so organize your puppy playdate at the local dog park and let your dog make friends.
8. Take a nap
When you’re exhausted from your high-octane, dog-friendly activities, what better than curling up for a nap with your pup? With a snuggly blanket, a boxset ready to go and some treats at hand, you can enjoy some rest and relax with your furry friend at your side.
Having Fun with Your Dog
Like humans, dogs have their own unique personalities. By trying lots of different activities, you can discover what your dog enjoys the most. While high energy dogs like to be on the go all the time, you’ll find out how much exercise your dog really needs when you introduce them to a range of fun games, activities, and excursions.